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Slant-front desk [no illustration]


Object number

RIF4308

Maker

Maker: attributed to Ichabod Cole, 1748 - 1841

Dimensions

109.22 x 52.07 x 95.25 cm (43 x 20 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut (exterior drawer linings, most interior drawer linings, bottoms of four valance drawers, some drawer supports, bottom board, and backboards); pine (sides of valance drawers, bottoms of two valance drawers, some drawer supports, brackets of rear feet, blocks at lower front rail [original?], and original glue blocks of feet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“V,” incised on tops of proper-right lower interior drawer sides [at front]; “XV” and “VX,” incised on tops of proper-left lower interior drawer sides [at front]; “I/,” “II/,” “III/,” and “IIII/,” incised on tops of small interior drawer sides [at front] [from proper-left lower drawer to proper-right upper drawer]; “I,” through “IIII,” in graphite, on interior fronts and backs of small interior drawers and on tops of corresponding drawer dividers [from proper-left lower drawer to proper-right upper drawer]; “V,” incised on tops of cabinet drawer sides [at front]; “X,” in chalk, on some interior drawer backs and sides; “I/,” “II/,” “III/,” “IIII/,” “V/,” and “VI/,” incised on tops of valance drawer sides [at front] [from proper-left to proper-right]; “I,” through “VI,” in graphite, on interior fronts and backs of valance drawers [from proper-left to proper-right]; “X,” in graphite, on most sides, fronts, and backs of valance drawers; “V,” incised on tops of exterior drawer sides [at front]

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

William I. Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island; bequeathed to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1974

Associated names

William I. Cranston

Construction

Desk with folding writing surface, conceals plain interior of drawers and pigeonholes above four beaded edge graduated drawers and has high ogee bracket feet.