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From: Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block and Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments, " American Furniture 1999, 182, fig. 17
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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF582

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Grindall Rawson, 1719 - 1803
Alternate spelling(s): Grindal Rawson

Dimensions

254.001 x 92.71 x 58.42cm (100 x 36 1/2 x 23in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Cherry (primary); cherry (top and front bottom board of central compartment, board under desk interior, and dividers of desk interior); pine (bottoms of interior desk drawers, some backs and sides of interior desk drawers, sides and bottoms of drawers of central compartment, bottom board of desk, backing of top of bookcase interior, and sides, back, and rear bottom board of central compartment); yellow poplar (some backs and sides of interior desk drawers, sides and backs of exterior desk drawers, and backing of bookcase dividers); chestnut (bottoms of exterior desk drawers and backboards of bookcase and desk)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” in graphite, on exterior sides and backs of some interior desk drawers; “I,” in graphite, on interior front, back, and sides of top drawer of central compartment drawer; “II,” in graphite, on interior sides and back of middle drawer to central compartment; “1” through “4,” in graphite, on most interior front, back, and sides of upper interior desk drawers; “I” though “II,” in graphite, on interior sides and backs of lower interior desk drawers (graphite “2” on interior back of same drawer marked “II”); “1” through “8,” in graphite, on interior front, back, and sides of valance drawers; “4/B” through “7/B,” in graphite, on exterior backs of exterior desk drawers (from top to bottom); illegible graphite [probably number followed by “S”], on exterior sides of exterior drawers; mathematical figures, in chalk, on proper-left interior desk side

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Amos Atwell (died 1807), Providence, Rhode Island; sold by his estate to Joseph Rawson, Sr. (1760–1835), Providence, Rhode Island; probably by descent in the Rawson family; sold to Henry J. Steere (1830–1889), Providence, Rhode Island; sold by his estate to Lyman Bullock Goff (1841–1927), Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Associated names

Amos Atwell
Joseph Rawson, Sr.
Henry J. Steere
Lyman Bullock Goff

Bibliography

Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "Providence Cabinetmakers of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 573–574, fig. fig. 1.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 104–105, no. 66, Detail on p.167, fig. 66, ill.
Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "The Rawson Family of Cabinetmakers in Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 135, pl. 3, fig. 2.
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 181–182, 188, 191–195, fig. 17, 36, 39–42.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 63n98, 320n6, 455n4.