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Photo: Courtesy National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in New York, Van Cortlandt House, 1988.11; photo by Christopher Gardner
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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF3093

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

248.92 x 96.52 x 60.96 cm (98 x 38 x 24 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Van Cortlandt House Museum, The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (linings of interior desk drawers, bookcase backboards, and sides and bottom of bonnet opening); pine (lining of central compartment of desk, vertical drawers in rear of central compartment of desk, dust boards of desk, bottom and backboards of desk, subtop of desk, upper loper guides, rear brackets and blocks of feet, and top boards of bonnet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I” and “II,” incised on interior short sides of letter drawers at rear of removable central desk compartment; "X," incised, on exterior back of small secret drawer at top rear of central desk compartment; “XI,” “XII,” “XIII,” and “XIII,” incised on exterior backs of bottom interior desk drawers (proper right to proper left); “XI” and “XII,” incised on exterior backs of upper interior desk drawers (proper right to proper left); “XI,” “XII,” “XIII,” “XIIII,” and “XIIIII,” incised on exterior backs of interior bookcase drawers (proper right to proper left); “1” to “3,” in chalk, on interior bottoms of first three interior bookcase drawers; “X” and "X 2," incised, on two exterior drawer backs

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Richard A. Canfield (died 1915), New York. Mrs. Clinton Ogilvie (née Helen Slade, died 1936), New York; gift to The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, 1917

Associated names

Richard A. Canfield
Helen Slade Ogilvie

Bibliography

Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 245–246, fig. 269.
William N. Hosley, "Extraordinary Furniture Discoveries," Antiques 172, no. 1 (July 2007): 98, fig. 9.
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), 314–318, no. 61, fig. 1, 3.