George III-style mahogany twin pedestal partners desk.Stock Code: 134438
From the estate of Margaret ThatcherA large partners desk from the estate of Margaret Thatcher. In 1991, Baroness Thatcher established an office in 35 Chesham Place, London. As part of the extensive refurbishment of the offices she acquired this desk and worked on it over the coming years, including while writing her memoirs. After the closure of the Chesham Place office in 2003, the desk was sent to Thatcher's office in the House of Lords. Upon the closure of the office in 2011 the desk entered storage, where it has remained until acquisition by Peter Harrington directly from the Margaret Thatcher estate.
The desk is of substantial size, as requested by Thatcher when furnishing her office - she was used to working on a large desk at Downing Street, which gave her ample space to open her prime ministerial boxes. Photographs of Thatcher's desk in Downing Street show that it is very similar to this one, and she was clearly after a similar style. The drawers were cleaned out when put into storage, but a small post-it note was left inside, reading "reference documents" in Thatcher's hand and her customary blue ink.
The rectangular top with three frieze drawers, the keyhole flanked on either side by a pedestal fitted with three drawers on a moulded plinth stamped number 392. The rear side cupboard enclosing shelving. Width 48 inches, length 72 inches, height 31 inches.
Minor staining and small burn hole to desktop from use, minor loss of beading on one side, yet overall in very good condition.
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