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Child's desk-on-frame


Object number

RIF2472

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

89.535 x 76.835 x 41.275 cm (35 1/4 x 30 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.)

Date

1720–1750

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island, Made in
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Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Inscriptions

"D R" branded on the valanced apron; "1" in pencil on interior front panel of upper right drawer.

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Mrs. Giles Whiting (née Flora Ettlinger, 1881–1971), New York; consigned by her estate to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, April 14–15, 21–22, 1972, lot 565; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993), Newport, Rhode Island; bequeathed to the Newport Restoration Foundation, 1993

Associated names

Flora Ettlinger Whiting
Doris Duke

Construction

The grain of the bottom of the exterior drawer runs from side to side; the bottom is chamfered on the underside and fits into grooves in the drawer front and sides. The top and bottom rails join the case sides with a half dovetail. The batten ends of the slant lid have open tenons near the hinge.

Bibliography

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Mrs. Giles Whiting, New York, sale cat. (April 14–15, 21–22, 1972), 87, lot 565.