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Desk and Bookcase

2009.26.2 (RS97826)

Description

Desk and bookcase of mahogany, inlaid with wavy birch and bird's eye maple. Top bookcase section has two glass doors with wooden tracery. Brass eagle and urn finials. Bottom desk section has top drawer with fall front. Drawer interior has hidden interior drawers and divided compartments. Desk drawers have ivory escutcheons and brasses with floral motif.

Details

Label
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:Sarah Orne Jewett sat at this desk to write the stories for which she is still celebrated today. Situated on the second-floor hall landing of Jewett’s South Berwick home, the desk overlooked the town’s busy crossroads that provided the author with material for her books. Most likely, the desk originally belonged to Jewett’s grandfather. It bears the maker’s mark of Joseph Murphy, a South Berwick cabinetmaker whose account book survives at the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Maker
Murphy, Joseph, 1796-1872 (Cabinetmaker)
Date
ca. 1820
Inscriptions
"JOSEPH MURPHY" (impressed)
"[illegible letters] 12/25/53" (Red pen)
Location of origin
South Berwick, Maine
Associated Building
Original To Sarah Orne Jewett House (South Berwick, Me.).
Material
bird's-eye maple
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
inlay (process)
ivory (tooth component)
mahogany (wood)
veneering
Object type
Furniture
Places
Maine (United States)
South Berwick (York county, Maine)
Descriptive terms
bird's-eye maple
brass (alloy)
Desk, Drop-front
desks and bookcases
Federal
glass (material)
inlay (process)
ivory (tooth component)
mahogany (wood)
veneering
People and organizations
Jewett, Sarah Orne, 1849-1909
Dimensions
73 1/4 x 42 1/4 x 20 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2009.26.2
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
180316

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