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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF5166

Maker

Maker Unknown

Date

1760–80

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

"1" to "11," in chalk, on exterior backs of interior desk drawers

Provenance

George Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut; sold to Blanche Butler Brown, Staten Island, New York; by descent to Fenton L. B. Brown (1925–2013), Deep River, Connecticut

Associated names

George Arons
Blanche Butler Brown
Fenton L. B. Brown

Construction

The single-board top is attached to the single-board sides with a dovetail joint, exhibiting thin-necked pins, a half-pin in front and a half-pin and rabbet in the back. The hinged lid is constructed in the "breadboard" manner, with a large, horizontal board flanked by and tenoned into narrow, vertical boards, the whole with a thumb-molded edge. The tenons are visible on the underside of the battens. The interior consists of a concave-blocked and shell-carved prospect door flanked by concave-blocked valance drawers with open compartments and shaped dividers over convex-carved small drawers, flanked in turn by banks of three concave-blocked small drawers, the upper ones shell-carved. The interior sits upon a molded base. The small drawer fronts have dovetail joints with finely cut, narrow-necked pins, and half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The drawer sides and backs have chamfered tops, shy of the drawer fronts. The top rail and drawer dividers below are half-blind dovetailed to the case sides. The base molding and ogee bracket feet are nailed with brads. The case contains four thumb-molded and graduated long drawers, the whole raised on ogee bracket feet. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the owner.