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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF6267

Maker

Maker Unknown

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Private collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; bequeathed to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts; consigned to an unidentified auction, 2015; sold to Woodstock Hill Antiques, Woodstock, Connecticut, 2015

Associated names

New Bedford Whaling Museum
Woodstock Hill Antiques

Construction

The single-board top meets the two-board case sides in dovetail joints having finely cut narrow-necked pins with half-pins in front. The hinged, thumb-molded lid consists of a large horizontal board tenoned into two narrow vertical boards. The tenons are visible at the bottom of the lid when it is closed. The outside edges of the horizontal and proper left boards have old repairs. The lid opens to an interior which centers a concave-blocked, shell-carved prospect door flanked by double-beaded stiles, which opens to three concave-blocked small drawers. On either side are three beaded quarter-spherically concave-blocked valance drawers separated by scrolling uprights dividing open compartments above straight-fronted small drawers, flanked by banks of two straight-fronted small drawers. The voids below, under double-beaded dividers, may have previously held long drawers or may have been designed as slots for ledgers. The interior sits upon a cove-molded base. The small-drawer fronts meet their slightly shorter, flat-topped sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins, with rabbets below. In the case below, the top rail and drawer dividers are half-blind dovetailed to the case sides. The vertical dividers beside the half-height lopers and the bottom rail are set into grooves in their neighboring elements. The case back consists of four horizontal half-lapped boards fixed with a variety of nails into rabbets in the case top and sides. Rosehead nails in the uppermost board are nailed into the back edges of the interior?s stiles. The single-board case bottom meets the case sides in dovetail joints with pins of varying configurations. A base molding is applied to the case with wood-filled fasteners. The feet and their blocking appear to be replaced. Photographs provided by Woodstock Hill Antiques, Woodstock, CT.