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Desk, Slant-top

Description

Chest of drawers with fall front. Birch with white pine secondary wood. Interior of upper case has eight pigeonholes and nine drawers. Top central drawer features a carved shell. Oxbow drawer facade with round blocking on top drawer. Scalloped skirt with shell-carved central drop. Ogee knee brackets terminate in heavy claw and ball feet.

Details

Label
Produced in coastal Essex County, Massachusetts, about 1780-1810, this desk stood in the home of Richard Lakeman, a fisherman, ship captain, and trader from Ipswich. The desk attests to the duration in popularity of the oxbow desk with claw feet, which remained fashionable for years after the American Revolution. While the carved central drop and ball and claw feet were expensive additions, the desk is made of birch stained to look like mahogany, a cost saving measure that made the piece more affordable. <br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1780-1810
Inscriptions
"Liz Lakeman"
"GRL"
Material
birch (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
Chippendale
Desk, Slant-top
desks
eastern white pine (wood)
slant-front desks
Dimensions
44 x 45 x 22 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.705
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur W. Johnson
GUSN
171714

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