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The inscribed XV are not initials but more likely cabinetmaker's notations.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An Italian Baroque style burl walnut desk and bookcase
In two sections, the upper section a glazed (glass door) bookcase with molded cornice; the lower section with a setback roll-top desk opening to a divided interior over three long drawers flanked by molded stiles. Unmarked.
Overall height 88 inches tall; greatest width 40 inches; greatest depth 24 inches (lower section)
CONDITION: This desk and bookcase appears to be in generally good condition with some wear commensurate to age and use.
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.
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