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Drop-front Desk

1971.445 (RS116254)

Description

Desk, Drop-Front. Mahogany with dark and lightwood inlay. Rectangular top. Comprised of two sections. Base: four square tapered legs; front legs have light wood stringing, cuffs and bell flowers, "baton" inlaid stiles flanking the shaped apron are edged with light and dark wood rope banding; below the full width drawer two small drawers flank the hemispherically shaped center knee hole; the veneered drawer fronts with original oval Hepplewhite brasses are inlaid and edged with light wood stringing; the front of the moulded top edge is inlaid with rope banding. Top: the veneered fall front of the inset case has a rope inlaid oval containing two oval brasses and a brass keyhole surround; the interior is fitted with seven graduated drawers with string inlay which flanks a cubbyhole; the flat top is edged with rope inlay.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1805
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)
Descriptive terms
Desk, Drop-front
desks
fall-front desks
Hepplewhite
Inlaid
inlay (process)
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
Mahogany Veneer
veneer
Dimensions
43 1/4 x 38 5/16 x 18 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.445
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5023

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