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Breakfront Bookcase

1971.450 (RS116259)

Description

Breakfront bookcase. Mahogany, mahogany veneer, glass. Rectangular, comprised of two sections. Base: projecting center section with cupboard doors flanked by wings, each with a cupboard door; the doors are inlaid with ovals of crotch-grained mahogany set within mitered and crossbanded borders. Top: the conforming but more shallow upper section has four glazed doors (original glass); the light wood stringing on the tympanum features interlacing rectangle and diamond designs; moulded cornice; interior fitted with shelves and painted blue-green; stamped brass keyhole escutcheons with Prince of Wales feathers, a shield and a grape cluster; both sections have lateral brass carrying handles.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1810
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Object type
Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly New Hampshire (United States)
Descriptive terms
Bookcase
bookcases
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Dimensions
87 7/8 x 76 1/4 x 19 1/3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.450
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5038

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