Design for a Bookcase with Writing Desk

Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over leadpoint | 22.2 x 31.8cm | c. 1550-70

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century

This design combines a case for book storage with a writing desk and is therefore essentially a precursor to the secretary desk which would emerge in the 17th century. Since not many bookcases from before 1600 survive, this drawing is highly informat...
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