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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF272

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

97 x 39 x 22 in. (246.381 x 99.06 x 55.88 cm)

Date

1770–1780

Current location


Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Welcome Arnold (1745–1798), Providence, Rhode Island. Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Massachusetts, October 26, 1997, lot 140. G. K. S. Bush, Inc., Washington, D. C., 1998; sold to the present owner, 2005

Associated names

Welcome Arnold
Skinner, Inc.
G. K. S. Bush, Inc.

Construction

The drawer bottoms are attached under the sides with nails and the grain runs side to side. The desk and bookcase retains an original finial not illustrated here.

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Mass., American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 26, 1997), 50, lot 140, ill.
"G.K.S. Bush, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 154, no. 5 (November 1998): 546.
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), 240–243, 243n1, no. 40, fig. 2.