Two (2) English items: George III labeled writing desk and an Imari-style platter with stand. 1st item: George III brass-bound mahogany writing desk with original maker's label. Comprised of a hinged rectangular top with brass corners front edge, central plaque, red leather writing slope, and fitted interior including one bottle. Interior with paper label reading "Handford's Improved Writing Desks. Handford, No. 94 Strand" along with a hand written date of "Feb. 27 1810". Plaque on lid engraved "R C Chalk". 6 7/8" H x 20" W x 10 1/4" D. 2nd item: English Imari-style ironstone platter on custom fitted stand, the platter with scalloped edges, blue and iron red fruit and flower motif, unsigned. Later Regency style mahogany oval stand with custom scalloped opening for platter, tapering turned legs with flared feet and x-form stretchers. Platter – 21" H x 16" W. Overall – 22" H x 24" W x 19 1/2" D. Platter: 18th century; stand: late 19th to early 20th century. Provenance: The collection of Raymond White, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: Surface with general use wear and scratching, escutcheon missing. Some separation of red leather lining from backing on one end. 2nd item: Platter: some wear and scratching, possible overpaint to a few worn areas, no chips or cracks. Table: some wear, minor splits to legs under stretchers.
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