image of object
Photo: Courtesy Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H.
Click the image to enlarge

Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF479

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

104.14 x 90.17 x 50.8 cm (41 x 35 1/2 x 20 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings of interior drawers); white pine (drawer linings of large drawers, back boards, bottom board, and blocks for feet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Descended in a Halifax, North Carolina, family. Craig and Tarlton, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, 1971. Private collection. Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2012, lot 799

Associated names

Halifax, North Carolina, family
Craig and Tarlton, Inc.
Private collection
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The one-piece case sides are dovetailed to the top and case bottom. The bottom rail is tenoned to the case side; the joint with the case bottom is reinforced with two long blocks. The three horizontal backboards, which have vertical saw marks visible, are fastened to rabets in the top and sides and to the back edge of the bottom board with rosehead nails. The grain of the exterior drawer bottoms runs from side to side; the bottoms fit in a groove in the drawer front and are nailed to the other three sides; running strips are applied to the edges. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half keys at the top and bottom and two dovetails between them on the lowest drawer. The feet are reinforced with vertical blocks that rest against the bottom of the case and horizontal blocks that abut them. The inner edges of the brackets on the rear feet are angled. The muntins flanking the lopers and tenoned to the top rail and the drawer dividers. P. E. Kane from photographs provided by the owner.

Bibliography

"Craig and Tarlton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 99, no. 6 (June 1971): 763, ill.
John Bivins, The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina: 1700–1820 (Winston-Salem, N.C.: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1988), 97, fig. 4.2.
Northeast Auctions, Manchester, N.H., Annual Summer Auction, sale cat. (August 3?5, 2012), 53, lot 799, ill.