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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF1872

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

243.841 x 105.41 x 58.42 cm (96 x 41 1/2 x 23 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Boston and New York, 1930. David Stockwell, Philadelphia, 1953; sold to Gunston Hall Plantation, Mason Neck, Virginia, 1954; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20, 2002, lot 1137

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
David Stockwell, Inc.
Gunston Hall Plantation
Sotheby's

Construction

When this desk and bookcase was advertised by Israel Sack in 1930, it lacked finials and had bail-handle brasses. According to the Sotheby's auction catalogue, three bracket feet have been replaced, and all long drawers of the lower center section of are a later date.

Bibliography

"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 18, no. 4 (October 1930): inside cover.
"David Stockwell, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 63, no. 5 (May 1953): 417, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Gunston Hall Plantation, sale cat. (January 20, 2002), 80–81, lot 1137, ill.