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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF1642

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

107.95 x 92.075 x 48.26cm (42 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 19in.); Height, writing level: 80.01cm (31 1/2in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Bristol, Rhode Island
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Medium

Walnut and ash(?) and maple inlay (primary); chestnut (linings of interior drawers, sides and back of exterior drawers, side guides for upper exterior drawers, dust board under top exterior drawers, lining of removable central compartment of desk interior, bottom board of case, and platform on exterior case bottom); pine (lining of proper-left lower interior drawer [original?], bottoms of exterior drawers, runners and supports for exterior drawers, central guide for upper exterior drawers, backing of exterior drawer dividers, board under desk interior, blocks on rear feet, and case backboard)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X” or “V,” incised on interior fronts, backs, and sides [at front corners] of interior drawers; mathematical calculations, in chalk, on exterior back of one of lower interior drawers; “C,” incised on interior front of upper cabinet drawer; probably “C,” in chalk, on interior bottom of upper cabinet drawer; probably “D,” in chalk, on interior bottom of lower cabinet drawer; “V B [later?],” in red chalk, on interior front of bottom exterior drawer

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the Wardwell family, Bristol, Rhode Island, before 1965. Harry Arons, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1965. Ardis Leigh, Basking Ridge, New Jersey; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1965; sold to private collection, 1965. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1972, 1982, and 1991

Associated names

Wardwell family
Harry Arons
Ardis Leigh
Israel Sack, Inc.

See also


Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 3, p. 818, no. P2251, ill.; vol. 7, p. 1942, no. P2251.
"Harry Arons advertisement," Antiques 87, no. 2 (February 1965): 148.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 139, no. 3 (March 1991): 436.
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), 2, 208, 234–239, no. 38, fig. 1–2, 4.