17th century desk

Tuesday 18th February at 10.45am

Lecturer: Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowsk

The rise in importance of writing furniture from the 16th to 18th centuries reflected the economic as well as social need for  greater literacy and numeracy as mercantile trade developed across the globe.  This lecture traces the development of the bureau-bookcase and other writing furniture from the humble “writing slope “ or “Bible- box” through to magnificent symbols of status and power. Computers may have “hidden files” but lack the intrigue.