England, c1790, from the Royal Household of William IV







The molded top above a central roll top section opening to reveal a baize lined writing slide

and an  arrangement of pigeonholes and false drawers

flanked by a pair of deep bowfront drawers above three drawers

and raised on square tapering legs ending in brass caps and casters;

marked with a

stamp for the Royal Household of William IV:


(to the upper outside of the left front leg); and

also indistinctly


(above the left front leg on the side of the


Relevant Notes:


  William IV (William Henry, 1765-1837), the third son of George III,

reigning from 1830-37, was known as the "Sailor King".

 He  entered the Royal Navy at age 13, fighting in the American Revolution and serving in the Caribbean. 

He became a Lieutenant in 1785, and Captain of the HMS Pegasus in 1786. 

Later that year, he was stationed in the West Indies, where he was under the command of his friend Horatio Nelson. 

In Antigua, William did not remain onboard ship, as did Nelson, but resided on land. 

He is credited with building "Clarence House", in which he supposedly lived during his services there -

although it was actually built in 1806 for the Dockyard Commissioner. 

William Henry became Duke of Clarence in 1789, and was promoted to admiral in 1790, seeing little active service after that time.

He was made Lord High Admiral in 1827, attempting to run naval affairs without his council,

contrary to law, and being forced to resign in 1828. 

Before retiring,introduced a series of innovations, including the Navy's first steam-driven warship.


Between 1797 and 1830, as Duke of Clarence, he lived almost entirely at Bushey House, where Queen Adelaide resided from 1837-1849.

In 1829, Clarence House in London, designed by John Nash, was completed for the Duke. 

Being a man of simple tastes, the Clarence House interior was "plainly decorated and furnished". 

Upon inheriting the throne in 1830, he preferred to remain at Clarence House, rather than lavishly appointed Buckingham Palace. 

He remained there until his death in 1837.


The William IV Royal Household stamp indicates that this desk was in the household of William IV after 1830. 

"FIRST LT" would relate to military use by a Lieutenant. 

The precise ownership and use of the desk within theRoyal Household of William IV is unknown,

but may reside within household inventory lists of


Recent Provenance: Estate of Susan Sontag and Philip Rieff, purchased c1950-58, London

 42 1/2"H x 61"W x 22"D 







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George III Mahogany Cylinger Desk, Royal Household of William IV