Portable boxes for writing materials had existed for many centuries and in many cultures. Although quality, ornament and form did play an important part in its selection as a personal item, it is the purpose for which it was used which gave prominence to the writing box, at a time of expanding intellectual curiosity, communication, literacy and increased commercial activity.
An Adaptation of 16th Century examples Open Closed for travel I have attempted to create a plausible example of a portable desk in the English style of the Sixteenth Century. Although this is not a replica of any one specific example, it does draw much of its inspiration from a writing box which likely belonged to King Edward VI.
Portable desks were a sign and symptom of the Renaissance. Increased popularity of literacy and travel in the Fifteenth Century created the market, and craftsmen throughout Europe responded with a variety of slopes, writing boxes, and portable desks for the organization and transport of writing materials and documents.
The formidable construction and locking covers of the larger portable desks made them well suited for storing valuables as well, making them in particular the possessions of the well-to-do; status symbols of the merchant class, the clergy, and the royalty.
When opened, they displayed the rich materials and fine art to which their wealthy owners were accustomed. Detail of drawer fronts T he writing box of Edward VI was chosen as the main inspiration for this project. This portable desk is from the time and locale of my particular interest, its style is reminiscent of the Spanish bargueno cabinets which I admire, while its lidded top provides room for items too bulky for the typical bargueno.
An added bonus is its fortuitous similarity to a modern tool chest, allowing the shortcut of converting an existing cabinet. With paint, Lady Camille has emulated the style and contrast of ivory inlay and ebony.Consider student lap desks, too, which are small enough to fit into most laptop cases.
Portable Carts For healthcare professionals, IT professionals, schools or businesses, laptop carts are a great solution. School desks, popular since early Victorian times, developed from the portable and lectern desks and were modified to fit current educational theories. Modern desks reflect contemporary styles.
Some are little more than writing surfaces with, perhaps, one drawer for the storage of writing materials. Honey-Can-Do Portable Laptop Lap Desk ($25) Vibrantly colored, the Honey-Can-Do Portable Laptop Lap Desk is squarely aimed at a more casual market than most lap desks.
It’s lightweight and made from laminated MDF, so it’s easy to clean and maintain.
The Bureau Mazarin is an early type of kneehole desk dating from the s, with two or three tiers of drawers on each side, a small central drawer and a drawer in the kneehole space as well.
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