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May 8, 2015 - Filed under: Antique Desks — Richard

The desk and chair at which Charles Dickens produced some of his classic novels has been purchased by a museum.

The antique furniture was purchased by the London-based Charles Dickens Museum for a little over £780,000, thanks to a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The attraction is housed in the former home of the famous author, 48 Doughty Street.

In 2008, the desk and chair were sold at Christie’s auction house, on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Charitable Trust, for £433,250. This was after being donated to the organisation by the family of Dickens.

The mahogany table and walnut seat have a strong connection with the author. At the time of his death, Dickens lived at Gad’s Hill Place in Kent, with the writing desk and chair remaining in his family for years. They only left their possession upon being sold by the charity to a private owner. If the Charles Dickens Museum had not been able to purchase the furniture this time around, the items could have been sold at public auction. The director of the museum, Robert Moye, said:

“They hold a unique place in our literary heritage and, as we embark on our exhibition exploring The Mystery of Edwin Drood, it is timely that the desk he used when writing his final novel has been secured for the benefit of all our visitors.”

Although the antique desk and chair have been secured by the museum, the furniture would complement the décor of any home.

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