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Writing desk, From the legacy of writer and world traveler Boudewijn Büch (Bibliotheca Didina et Pinguina) - Victorian - Mahogany - Second half 19th century

Lot reference 32503873

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Object: From the legacy of writer and world traveler Boudewijn Büch (Bibliotheca Didina et Pinguina), Writing desk (More lots)
Material: Mahogany
Style: Victorian
Estimated Period: Second half 19th century
Country of Origin: England
Condition: Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
Dimensions: 86×180×90 cm

For sale: Lot 1: Partner desk from the legacy of Boudewijn Büch.

When Boudewijn Büch died on 23 November 2002, he left a canal house on the Keizersgracht full of stuff. A selection of this was auctioned by Sotheby's on 22 September 2004. Only very rarely an item from the auction, Treasures of a world traveller, The Boudewijn Büch collection, is offered for sale. These unique pieces come from "the library" of Boudewijn Büch (Bibliotheca Didina et Pinguina).

With an aching heart, but for the good cause (family expansion) I have to seriously thin my own "library". I've managed to give the books I bought at the auction of Bubb Kuyper a different spot in our house, but for the furniture we no longer have a good place where they look beautiful. That's why I've decided to sell them, preferably to a lover of Büch, just like me.

Item: An English mahogany partner desk/double desk from the second half 19th century. The desk can be used on two sides.
On the "front" are drawers. At the top left and right a narrow very deep drawer, in the middle a deep drawer with inlaid leather that can be opened by means of a hinge, making it also a writing surface. Left and right three drawers each. Two of the six drawers on the left unfortunately do not open any longer (these are most likely empty).
On the "back" of the desk there is a door on the left and right that gives access to a large space.
The top of the desk is inlaid with green leather. The desk consists of three parts, a top, a block left and a block on the right. This makes it easy to transport and, for example, to get it up a staircase.

The desk will be sold with a number of keys, the original Sotheby's auction guide, a copy of Sotheby's purchase letter/invoice and the newspaper of 25 November 2002 writing about the death of Boudewijn Büch.

Dimensions: 180cm wide, 90cm deep, 86cm high.

Bibliotheca Didina et Pinguina: This desk stood in the large library room at the top of the stairs at Keizersgracht ... with of course stacks of books on top (see pictures).

Recommended price: Sotheby's recommended price in 2002 was between € 3,000 and € 5,000.

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