born in Hanau 1755, active 1783-after 1792

Roll-top writing desk

Mahogany, ormolu mounts, leather
Hanau dated 1792
Signed and dated: „Gemacht von Mstr. Caspar Escher Hanau im Jahre 1792“
Height: 133 cm, width: 118 cm, depth: 68 cm


This elegant Classicist writing desk stands on four slim, tapering legs. The square-cut legs, the roll-top desk, the drawers below the desk and also the stepped mouldings at the top are accentuated with brass inlays. The rounded parts of the cylindrical roll-top closures on the left and right are highlighted wiht Milleraies décor and is continued in the drawer section below. The desk interior corresponds to the outer subdivisions. It consists of four equally large drawers on the right and left, respectively, with a wide drawer approximately twice as wide in the middle, above a central storage compartment.

The precious materials and the masterly execution of this item by Caspar Escher, a successor to the Roentgens, indicate that the furniture was commissioned by a member of the nobility.