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Slant-front desk

Object number



Maker Unknown


42 1/2 40 1/4 22 1/2 in. (107.95 102.235 57.15 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); cedar (interior drawer linings), chestnut (backing of drawer dividers, backboards); yellow poplar (exterior drawer sides); white pine (exterior drawer bottoms, vertical brace)


"1" through "11" in chalk on the interior drawers in the interior back and side and front interior corners from top to bottom and left to right


Varnum-Turner families, East Greenwich and Newport, Rhode Island. John S. Walton, Inc., 1973. Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 19, 1997, lot 958. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 5–7, 2005, lot 1472

Associated names

Varnum-Turner families
John S. Walton, Inc.
Northeast Auctions


The two-piece horizontal backboards are nailed to rabbets in the case top and sides and to the back edge of the bottom board; the backboards are reinforced with a vertical brace nailed from the back. The lower prospect drawer has a drawer stop. Half-blind dovetails attach the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half keys at the top and bottom; the kerf marks are long and coarse; the top edges of the drawer sides are rounded and are almost as high as the drawer fronts. The grain of the bottoms of the exterior drawers run from side to side; the bottom is chamfered on the front and sides and fits in the groove in the drawer front and is nailed to the other three sides; runners are added to the edges of the side. The brackets for the rear feet are angled on their inner faces; the sides of the rear feet extend beyond the back of the case; the joint of the bracket and the side of the rear foot had a vertical block originally. All the drawer supports are replaced along with the brasses, hinges, and keyhole escutcheons. The rear corner blocks supporting the ogee bracket feet are missing. Examined by Mia Taradash July 31, 2005.


"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 103, no. 4 (April 1973): 596, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Furniture, and Folk Art, sale cat. (January 17, 19, 1997), lot 738, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Weekend Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 5–7, 2005), 175, lot 1472, ill.