Davenport Desk

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1878

GUSN

GUSN-11966

Description

There is a flat surface with an applied molded crest railing hinged to a slanted writing surface covered with dark brown vinal. It has an incised case with applied molding, supported by carved and incised V-shaped brackets. There are four incised drawers on the right side and four incised mock front drawers on the left side. All have brass pulls mounted on carved and incised rectangular brass plates. Two incised vertical front panels and two plain back panels are encased in flat molding with chamfered edges from a case for the drawers. It has a heavy rectangular and horizontal base above four ball feet. The top of the desk is removable. There is also a removable rectangular open front box with vertical panels in an interior case.

Details

Descriptive Terms

writing desks
desks
appliqué (technique)
brass (alloy)
carving (processes)
incising
molding (forming)
oak (wood)
vinyl
Eastlake
Oak
Brass
Vinyl
Applied
Molded
Incised
Carved
Eastlake
Desk

Inscription

The back of the writing survace is engraved with: Mary. Morison./From/J.M. Lord/1878. Probably Mary Elizabeth Lord Morison from her brother John McClary Lord, or possibly his niece Mary Ann Morison May.

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

32.75 x 22.75 x 21.5 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.1677

Places

Probably