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Slant-top Desk

1966.509 (RS161278)

Description

Rectangular slant top desk, two sliding lid supports. Four graduated drawers; molded bracket feet. Interior fitted with nine small cubby holes and eight short drawers. Back of one drawer chalked "IISGSS." Paper label on third drawer "mahogany desk from the Abraham Browne Watertown Mass." Chippendale style brasses.

Details

Label
Although made of costly mahogany, this desk features a more economical flat façade rather than a fashionable, labor-intensive oxbow or serpentine one. We believe belonged to Adam Browne (1763-1827) of Watertown, a town a few miles west of Boston. The lid of the desk provided Browne with ample space to read and write, and the interior of the upper case offered many small drawers and rows of pigeonholes in which to store small belongings. Its maker remains unknown, but its construction and stylistic details tie it to towns near the Boston area. The pigeonhole partitions, arch design, and drawer configuration resemble the work of Charlestown, Massachusetts, cabinetmakers Benjamin Frothingham, Archelaus Flint, and Samuel S. Noyes. <br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1790-1815
Material
cherry (wood)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
cherry (wood)
Desk, Slant-top
desks
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
slant-front desks
People and organizations
Browne, Abraham
Dimensions
42 7/8 x 42 7/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.509
Credit Line
Gift of Mabel L. Josselyn
GUSN
55704

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