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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF2182

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 41 1/2 in. (105.41 cm) Width, case: 41 in. (104.14 cm) Depth: 21 1/2 in. (54.61 cm)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Gertrude and Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee; consigned to Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, May 20-21, 2007, lot 491

Associated names

Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Jr.
Gertrude Caldwell
Brunk Auctions

Construction

The feet are reinforced with vertical blocks that rest against the case bottom; horizontal blocks abut them. The rear brackets on the back feet abut the sides of the feet; their inner edges are cut at an angle. Observations from photographs posted on the Brunk website. According to the website, the brasses, backboards, and bottom of the bottom drawer are replaced.

Bibliography

Sarah Campbell, "Caldwell Collection Sells in Nashville," Maine Antique Digest (September 2006): 18–D, ill.
"http://www.brunkauctions.com/Highlights/2006 Auctions/May/0491 htm," (accessed October 10, 2006) (accessed October 10, 2006).