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Davenport Desk

1971.1677 (RS118355)

Description

There is a flat surface with an applied molded crest railing hinged to a slanted writing surface covered with dark brown vinal. It has an incised case with applied molding, supported by carved and incised V-shaped brackets. There are four incised drawers on the right side and four incised mock front drawers on the left side. All have brass pulls mounted on carved and incised rectangular brass plates. Two incised vertical front panels and two plain back panels are encased in flat molding with chamfered edges from a case for the drawers. It has a heavy rectangular and horizontal base above four ball feet. The top of the desk is removable. There is also a removable rectangular open front box with vertical panels in an interior case.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1878
Inscriptions
The back of the writing survace is engraved with: Mary. Morison./From/J.M. Lord/1878. Probably Mary Elizabeth Lord Morison from her brother John McClary Lord, or possibly his niece Mary Ann Morison May.
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
appliqué (technique)
brass (alloy)
carving (processes)
incising
molding (forming)
oak (wood)
vinyl
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Applied
appliqué (technique)
Brass
brass (alloy)
Carved
carving (processes)
Desk
desks
Eastlake
Incised
incising
Molded
molding (forming)
Oak
oak (wood)
vinyl
Vinyl
writing desks
Dimensions
32.75 x 22.75 x 21.5 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.1677
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
11966

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