The end of last week was busy, three auction previews in two days. Two of them were exceptional and the third was above average. The local high-end auction house had its summer catalog sale. I found three more butler’s desks there and like the Santa Fe finds, one of them was a surprise.

First up is this one that just screams butler’s desk:

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China above and genuine drawers below.

And the drawer:

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A very attractive gallery with cross banding and veneer and leather.

The fall front does not have the conventional quadrant stays:

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Seems closer to a knife hinge.

And really interesting legs and feet:

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Legs and feet of an age.

The next one is also fairly obvious:

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More veneer and banding.

The butler’s drawer:

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A prospect but no document boxes.

With the quadrant stays:

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Not the easiest to install but doable.

Bookshelves above:

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I aways wonder if the shelf supports are dadoes or applied. Dadoes in this case.

And a press below:

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Seems one drawer is missing.Interesting stays on the doors:

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One of the few I’ve seen on doors.

The last one looks like your typical server:

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Not typical but not exceptional.

With decoration:

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Bellflowers, veneer, cross banding and string inlay,

But there is the butler’s drawer in place of the typical drawers:

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No prospect or document boxes.

And quadrant stays:

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This drawer is dovetailed, as you can see.