Large Danish Rosewood Desk / Table With Rotating Drawers
Item Number: 9879
Location: Greenwich Village
Height: 29 in.
Width: 82.25 in.
Depth: 35.25 in.
Height: 73.7 cm.
Width: 208.9 cm.
Depth: 89.5 cm.
An ingenious and well crafted design by Peter Hvidt and executed by master cabinetmaker Ludvig Pontoppidan. The reversible drawers rotate to allow both drawers to be on one side or one drawer on each side of the desk. In other words, either side can be the front or both sides could each have one set of drawers. Dating from the original production during the late 1950s / early 1960s. The rectangular top displaying bookmatched panels and exposed joinery, above a two-drawer frieze, each drawer easily swivels inside allowing additional leg room, the whole raised on four oval legs, joined by stretchers.
An example of this desk is illustrated by Grete Jalk, Dansk Møbelkunst gennem 40 aar 1957-1966, Tåstrup, 1987, volume 4, page 103.
Exhibited at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild, Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen,1957, Stand 1.