The desk is a combination of glass, wood and tubular steel, a material popular with the design avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s.

The design emphasises the structural and visual distinctions between the steel, glass and wood. This is the desk at which Michael Ventris worked as he deciphered the Linear B script.


Commissioned by Dorothea Ventris, 1936; Michael Ventris; sold with the house by Lois Ventris in 1975; John Renton.

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