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Desk and Bookcase

Description

Desk and bookcase. Mahogany, original brasses.. Bookcase section has bonnet top with scrolled pediment carved with pinwheel; molded cornice with dentils over two serpentine panel doors. Interior has a row of valanced pigeon holes and shelves below with undulating dividers; Desk section has a slant top with oxbow front; Four drawers on bracket feet; Ornate interior with 1/2 pinwheel carved prospect drawer and end drawers; Valanced pigeon holes undulating drawers; Pilaster document drawers.

Details

Label
This mahogany and pine desk and bookcase was made about 1780-1800 in Newburyport, and passed down from Ebenezer Little to his great-grandchildren, who left the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts to Historic New England. The Little family cut off the pediment of the case in order to accommodate the low ceilings of this house. At some point the feet were also replaced.
Maker
Probably Toppan, Abner, Mr. (Maker)
Date
1780-1800
Inscriptions
Chalk on back of upper section and on interior of bookcase door: ""This.......Toppan?"" ""17--? (English pound symbol) 60""
Location of origin
Newburyport, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chippendale
Desk
desks and bookcases
eastern white pine (wood)
mahogany (wood)
Dimensions
82 1/2 x 43 x 23 1/3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1986.460
Credit Line
Bequest of Amelia W. Little
GUSN
50862

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