Attributive Designating a type of writing desk, typically semicircular in shape with small drawers and compartments along the back and sides of the desktop. Frequently in "Carlton House table", "Carlton House desk".
This type of desk was first manufactured in the 1790s (apparently for the Prince of Wales, whose London residence was Carlton House).
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Estimate Sketch Book. From the name of Carlton House, the London home of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV): see note at definition.