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Superb Quality Georgian Roll Top Desk in Cuban Mahogany

A superb quality Georgian Roll Top Desk in Cuban mahogany, having a galleried top above a weighted roll top with central inset panel  decoration, the top opening to reveal a well fitted interior including a pull out writing surface divided into three sections each with (replaced) leather insets that lift up giving access to document storage, the centre section on a ratchet mechanism, the whole supported by pedestal drawers to either side each on a plinth base and with turned wooden handles and brass escutcheons, complete with modesty /back board.
Circa 1780/1800. Excellent colour and patination thoroughout with an interesting pedigree too - see below.

Approx Size: Lgth 54ins x depth 31 ins x ht. 48 ins  (137cms x 79 cms x 122cms)

Price:-  £6800.00

Provenance: Formerly the Property of  Mr John Chittock OBE. FRPS.  ( B. 29th May 1928 - D. October  2011) 

Mr John Dudley Chittock OBE FRPS was internationally well known and respected in the film, television and  and publishing  world. He was a Journalist, Producer, Writer and Director  of over 30 sponsored documentaries  to his credit.

A keen photographer in his youth his media career started as Editor at Focal Press, the leading imprint on books devoted to photography film and television where he edited and was responsible for the 1300 page edition of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. 

He joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1955, gained his Associateship in 1961 and Fellowship in 1966, remaiining a Member until his death in 2011.

 In 1963 he became a freelance journalist writing for many years for the Financial Times as their "industrialist film columnist".
He chaired the British Federation of Film Societies for 10 years  was the driving force behind estabishing the Grierson Memorial Trust in 1974,a Trust promoting film documentaries., and was a founder and first deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council.

He was one of the founder Members of  the International trade publication "Screen Digest" which he edited from 1974 to 1996  often  via  "weekly editorial meetings over bacon and sandwiches and Bahlsen  biscuits" in the small study of his flat in Gower Street, London, subsequently selling the same to a company that is now a subsidary of a giant American multinational.
In 1982 he was made an OBE for servicesto the film and television industries.

In 2011 he donated many of his personal paper, works and materials  to the University of East Anglian Film Archives which are now housed in the John and Joy Chittock Research Room of the EAFA in Norwich attending the opening of such in August 2011 shortly before his death  in October of that year.

Mr Chittock OBE., FRPS is buried in the peaceful surroundings of St Marys Churchyard, Cavendish, Suffolk.