Drop-front Desk

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1790-1805

GUSN

GUSN-5023

Description

Desk, Drop-Front. Mahogany with dark and lightwood inlay. Rectangular top. Comprised of two sections. Base: four square tapered legs; front legs have light wood stringing, cuffs and bell flowers, "baton" inlaid stiles flanking the shaped apron are edged with light and dark wood rope banding; below the full width drawer two small drawers flank the hemispherically shaped center knee hole; the veneered drawer fronts with original oval Hepplewhite brasses are inlaid and edged with light wood stringing; the front of the moulded top edge is inlaid with rope banding. Top: the veneered fall front of the inset case has a rope inlaid oval containing two oval brasses and a brass keyhole surround; the interior is fitted with seven graduated drawers with string inlay which flanks a cubbyhole; the flat top is edged with rope inlay.

Details

Descriptive Terms

fall-front desks
desks
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Hepplewhite
Mahogany
Mahogany Veneer
Inlaid
Hepplewhite
Desk, Drop-front

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

43 1/4 x 38 5/16 x 18 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.445

Places


Massachusetts (United States)