Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
0 selections
Log In
0 selections
lots of lots
Lot 0124B
New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial Period, ca. 18th century CE. A finely-carved wooden writing desk, perhaps made for a child due to the diminutive size. The desk has four rectangular legs with bulb-shaped feet and each with a few carved rings, a rectangular writing surface comprised of two planks, and a small drawer with a petite drilled opening for a handle. Though originally used for writing, the top of the desk now exhibits hundreds of small gouge marks which suggest it was repurposed as possibly a woodwork or crafting table. Most of the surfaces are coated in a smooth and lustrous patina, and the inside of the drawer face is embellished with green paint. Size: 13" L x 20.25" W x 11.875" H (33 cm x 51.4 cm x 30.2 cm).

Provenance: private California, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.



Surface wear commensurate with age, fading to some carved details especially on legs, some separation to top planks, with small chips and nicks across most surfaces, and hundreds of small gouge marks to writing surface. Light earthen deposits and lustrous patina throughout.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

18th C. Spanish Colonial Wood Writing Desk, Child's

Estimate $800 - $1,200Jul 19, 2018