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Drop-front desk

Description

Rectangular case enclosing four drawers; bottom two full length with central oval brass escutcheon and two oval brass pulls with molded leafy edges. Upper drawers smaller, side by side, with single central oval brass pulls. Surface painted black with raised chinoiserie decoration. Slant top opens revealing eight pigeon holes with four drawers beneath. Inlaid red leather writing surface. Sliding door on interior desk top reveals interior compartment.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1730-1760
Location of origin
England
Associated Building
Original to Hamilton House (South Berwick, Me.).
Material
Norway spruce (wood)
Scotch pine (wood)
hardwood
japanning
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Chinoiserie
Chippendale
Deal
Desk, Drop-front
desks
fall-front desks
Hardwood
hardwood
Japanned
japanning
Possibly Norway spruce (wood)
Possibly Scotch pine (wood)
Dimensions
38.25 x 40.625 x 22.5 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1949.203
Credit Line
Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan
GUSN
4270

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