Breakfront Bookcase

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1790-1810

GUSN

GUSN-5038

Description

Breakfront bookcase. Mahogany, mahogany veneer, glass. Rectangular, comprised of two sections. Base: projecting center section with cupboard doors flanked by wings, each with a cupboard door; the doors are inlaid with ovals of crotch-grained mahogany set within mitered and crossbanded borders. Top: the conforming but more shallow upper section has four glazed doors (original glass); the light wood stringing on the tympanum features interlacing rectangle and diamond designs; moulded cornice; interior fitted with shelves and painted blue-green; stamped brass keyhole escutcheons with Prince of Wales feathers, a shield and a grape cluster; both sections have lateral brass carrying handles.

Details

Descriptive Terms

bookcases
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Bookcase
Bookcase

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

87 7/8 x 76 1/4 x 19 1/3 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.450

Places

Possibly New Hampshire (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly