1810 English Globe Writing Desk Offered By Rau Antiques
In addition to globes themselves being hot - globe-like objects were equally hot. This for instance is a very rare writing desk that was meant to fold closed and look like a globe. How cool is that? I think that Ikea should carry these. This one was made around 1810 during the Regency Period in England by Morgan & Sanders. It is referred to as "metamorphic furniture." Meaning that it changed in someway. Today we would probably call it "transformer-orphic furniture!"
The beautiful mahogany wood desk closed up to look like a globe on a stand - the desk was actually on wheels it seems. The globe would then open up revealing a series of small drawers and compartments. The writing surface was adjustable to lay flat or tilt up. There was also a practical purpose to these desk. Much of this furniture was marketed to the the army and navy's officers, offering functional furniture that could be easily transported.
One of these very rare globe writing desks in excellent condition is available at Rau Antiques for the price of $98,500. They also have a series of other antique globes which range in price up to over $125,000. See more in the gallery below.
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