Writing Desk with Lattice Stretcher
Shanxi, circa 1860
This beautiful, large writing desk dates from the early 20th century and is heavily influenced by western design. The bottom latticed stretcher is a Chinese adaption of a western form and gives a lovely decorative element to the desk. The six drawers are each fitted with a simple brass handle and provide useful storage space for stationary and papers. The desk is made from Nanmu, a highly prized wood in China for its superior durability. It would have been used by a member of China's scholarly classes in Beijing for writing and study and today would make a beautiful addition to a home office.