Desk on Frame

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1730-1765

GUSN

GUSN-11615

Description

Fall front desk on frame. Hard maple, soft maple, and butternut with white pine and other secondary wood. Fall-front opens to reveal central door flanked by applied columns. Four pigeonholes with shaped cornices flank each side of central door and surmount two tiers of drawers with reverse-curve fronts and brass pulls. Cutout skirt with drops. Cabriole legs, pad feet. Replaced brass hardware. Drawers never had locks. Original lock remains on lid.

Details

Descriptive Terms

desks
maple (wood)
pine (wood)
Queen Anne
Desk

Label

In the seventeenth century, before the development of traditional desks, people used boxes with slanted lids to write on. Before long, these boxes were elevated to a convenient height by the addition of a tall frame. This desk-on-frame, produced about 1735-1760 in the Newbury, Massachusetts area, with its cabriole legs and pad feet, represents a stylistically updated version of a seventeenth-century form. By the time this example was made, desks with slant lid tops over a case of four large drawers had become the norm.

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

40 3/4 x 33 5/8 x 20 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Stephen Greene

Accession Number

1975.44