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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF3388

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

109.22 x 93.98 x 45.72 cm (43 x 37 x 18 in.)

Date

1780-1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Massachusetts, or made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple; white pine (fronts, sides, and backs of the interior drawers, backboards, rear feet brackets, bottom board); chestnut (bottoms of the interior drawers

Inscriptions

"1," "2," "3," and "4," in graphite, on interior backs of exterior drawers; incised markings on interior drawers include "II" at front interior of one drawer and a corresponding mark on the bottom; double inverted "VV"s at one front corner and a single inverted "V" at another; "II" appears on another interior drawer corner

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 24–26, 2006, lot 688. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2007, lot 1655

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

Half-blind dovetails fasten the sides to the top with a half pin at the front, a half tail at the back and five full dovetails in between. The three horizontal backboards are fasten to rabbets in the sides and top and to the back edge of the bottom board with cut nails. The two-piece bottom board is dovetailed to the case sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers and the top rail to the case sides; the bottom rail is let into grooves in the case sides. The muntins flanking the lopers are let into grooves in the top rail and the drawer divider below and are nailed through the drawer divider from below. The loper is full height; the stop for the loper is a block nailed to the case side with cut nails. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides with cut nails. Drawer stops are glued to the back corners of the case. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with a half pin at the top and a half tail below; the grain of the drawer bottom runs from side to side; the bottom is chamfered fits into grooves at the front and sides and is nailed to the underside of the drawer back with three cut nails. The front feet are rabbeted to accept the side feet; the rear feet are rabetted to accept the back bracket. The feet are reinforced with quarter-round vertical blocks that rest against the case bottom; horizontal blocks with sharply tapered or pointed ends abut them. The brackets for the rear feet are angled on the inner faces. The front skirt ornament is glued to the underside of the molding and is blocked behind. The battens on the fall do not have exposed tenons near the hinge; they are secured to the fall board with three pins visible on the inside, but not on the outside. The valance drawer on the interior has a bottom let into a groove in the front and nailed to the other three sides. The other interior drawer bottoms are let into a rabbet in the drawer front and are nailed to all four sides. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 2007.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Weekend Auction, sale cat. (February 24–26, 2006), 692, lot 691, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 3–5, 2007), 146, lot 1655.