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Desk-on-frame


Object number

RIF4783

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

101.6 x 80.01 x 43.18 cm (40 x 31 1/2 x 17 in.)

Date

1720-1740

Current location

The Henry Ford

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, or possibly made in New London, Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary); maple (front board of desk bottom); pine (board beneath interior desk section and supports and guides for exterior drawer); chestnut (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” in graphite, on exterior proper-left side of proper-right interior drawer; “2,” in graphite, on interior front and exterior proper-right side of proper-right interior drawer; “I,” in graphite, on interior back, interior bottom, and proper-right exterior side of proper-left interior drawer; “X,” in graphite, on exterior back of stand; “X,” in graphite, on exterior back of exterior drawer; “X,” incised on exterior bottom of exterior drawer; “Bottom,” in graphite, on exterior bottom of desk

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Philip Flayderman, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1930; consigned by his estate to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 174; acquired by Israel Sack, Boston; sold to Henry Ford (1863–1947), Dearborn, Michigan, 1930; The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan

Associated names

Philip Flayderman
Anderson Galleries
Henry Ford

Notes

The desk retains remnants of its original Spanish-brown paint.

Bibliography

Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 42, lot 174, ill.
Katharine Bryant Hagler, American Queen Anne Furniture: 1720–1755, exh. cat. (Dearborn, Mich.: The Edison Institute, 1976), 12, right, ill.