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Photo: Courtesy The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Harvey Buchanan in memory of Penelope Draper Buchanan and Dorothy Tuckerman Draper, 2012.43
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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF5178

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

48 × 40 × 24 in. (121.92 × 101.6 × 60.96 cm)

Date

1780–1795

Current location

Cleveland Museum of Art

Geography


(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); red cedar (interior drawer sides and backs); chestnut (interior drawer bottoms); white pine (board under interior section, sides of bookcase, backboards, top of bookcase, linings of exterior drawers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"3," "2," "1," in graphite, from top to bottom at center of back and at front corners on proper right set of interior drawers; "6," "5," "4," in graphite, from top to bottom at center of back and at front corners on drawers behind prospect door; "1," "2," "3," in graphite, from top to bottom, on proper left set of interior drawers at center of back and at front corners; "x," in graphite, on some interior drawer backs and sides; illegible, in chalk, on tops and undersides of drawer dividers

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George Gibbs, Jr., (1735–1803), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son George Gibbs III (1776–1833); by descent to his daughter Mrs. Lucius Tuckerman (née Elizabeth Wolcott Gibbs, 1819–1906), New York and Stockbridge, Massachusetts; by descent to her son Paul Tuckerman (1856–1940), New York; by descent to his daughter Mrs. George Draper (née Dorothy Tuckerman, 1888–1969), New York; by descent to her daughter Mrs. Daniel Harvey Buchanan (née Penelope Minturn Draper, 1923–2010), Gates Mills, Ohio; by descent to her husband Daniel Harvey Buchanan (born 1923), Gates Mills, Ohio; by gift to Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, 2012

Associated names

George Gibbs, Jr.
George Gibbs III
Laura Wolcott
Elizabeth Wolcott Gibbs
Paul Tuckerman
Dorothy Tuckerman
Penelope Minturn Draper
Daniel Harvey Buchanan

Construction

The bookcase has two shelves: the bottom shelf has two shaped vertical dividers, the middle shelf has four and the upper shelf six. The bonnet is closed behind the center finial, which is replaced. The small drawers in the desk interior have drawer sides and backs with rounded tops just shy of the tops of the drawer fronts. They have fine narrow-necked dovetails with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottoms are nailed to the sides. The fall front is secured to the case with three brass hinges. The desk back consists of two horizontal boards, with a vertical brace. The drawer dividers and top rail are veneered and half-blind dovetailed into the case sides. The bottom rail fits into grooves in the case sides. Drawer supports are attached to the case sides with rosehead nails. The large drawers have single-board bottoms, slightly rounded drawer side tops, square drawer back tops and fine, thin-necked dovetails at the front, with half-pins above and below. The drawer side tops are just shy of the drawer front tops. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, October 14, 2011; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.