William and Mary Oyster Kingwood Escritoire
The most remarkable William and Mary period Oyster Kingwood Parquetry Inlaid Fall Front Escritoire attributed to Thomas Pistor. The top of this piece has a shaped moulding above a flat moulded section and a cavetto moulding, leading to the convex frieze. (It will be noted that the grain runs through all of these mouldings.) The frieze also conceals a Bible or Plan drawer, above a cross banded and geometrically Oyster veneered Fall, which opens to reveal three sections of pigeon holes - all of which can be removed disclosing secret compartments - above a central door; the inlay of which conforms to the outside of the Fall and which opens to reveal four more drawers, and is surrounded with a further arrangement of small drawers. The Fall is fitted with a leather writing panel. The base has two half width and two full width graduated drawers, and the whole is raised on flat bun feet. The sides are also exquisitely inlaid with geometric Oysters and cross banded to match the front.