Secretary bookcase

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1770-1790

GUSN

GUSN-17467

Description

Secretary desk and bookcase. Mahogany with cherry side handles and white pine and other secondary wood. Desk has four straight-fronted drawers, each with two brass Chippendale style pulls (replaced) and a central escutcheon of the same style (replaced). Egg-and-dart molding at base, with scalloped central drop. Rests on short cabriole legs that terminate in claw and ball feet. Desk lid opens to reveal eight drawers and a central prospect drawer surmounted by shell carving. Outer left and right-hand sides of interior contain a matching row of three drawers. Topmost drawer of each features a shell carving. Two pigeon holes flank each side of prospect drawer. Bookcase: Two fluted pilasters surround the two six-paned doors. Green curtains hang from the bookcase interior, behind the glass of each door. Egg and dart motif set above a row of dentils on pitched pediment. Removable carved phoenix (eagle) finial perched on a ball at center of pediment. Both upper and lower sections fitted with original brass lateral carrying handles.

Details

Descriptive Terms

secretary-bookcases (bookcases)
desks
mahogany (wood)
cherry (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
cherry (wood)
Mahogany
Cherry
Pine
SECRETARY BOOKCASE

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

98 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 24 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Given in memory of Henderson Inches (1885-1947)

Accession Number

1982.1

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