Anglo Indian rosewood squat down deskLate 19th century
A British colonial squat down desk in rosewood. It has a teakwood top panel that can be used to write on and which lifts up to reveal a spacious inside for storage of documents and office supplies. When the drawer is pulled out, the slats at the back roll open and a storage tray can be lifted out. The desk rests on four small legs with two rings ending in a bun foot.
In British India, so called Munshies were hired as clerks in the government. They usually got a corner in a room with a squat down desk with most of their important documents being locked up in this desk at the end of the day.
The desk is in good condition and has been lovingly restored to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
British colonial India
H: 40 cm W: 48 cm D: 37 cm
H: 15 ½” W: 18 ½” D: 14”