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Slant-front desk

Object number



Maker, possibly by Thomas Goddard, 1765?1858


41 38 15/16 20 in. (104.14 98.9 50.8 cm)



Current location


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Cherry (primary); cherry (front of bottom board); chestnut (vertical brace, back boards, board under desk interior, backs of three lower exterior drawers); cottonwood (linings of interior and exterior drawers [except as noted], back of bottom board); pine (glue blocks on feet and at front lower rail); yellow poplar (drawer supports)




"N1" through "N 3," in graphite, on top surface at center of drawer dividers; "A" through "D," in graphite at center of interior backs and interior sides and fronts at front corners on exterior drawers; "Cherry - Stained Mahogany - / original Brasses / Evidently made by Thomas Goddard / Son of John Goddard, early 1800 / Belonged to Wm. J. Ailman and / use by him in his Office, Bowen's Wharf.," in typescript, on loose white paper in desk interior; "Frederic Ailman," in graphite, on proper right exterior side of interior drawer to proper right of prospect door; "X," incised on some exterior drawers interior sides and backs; "L," in chalk, on proper right loper near stop; "R," in chalk, on proper left loper near stop; illegible graphite on interior bottom at front




Frederick Ailman, Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son William H. Ailman (1802–1873), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to the Coggeshall family, Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Gustave J. S. White, Inc., February 2017

Associated names

Frederick Ailman
William H. Ailman
Coggeshall family
Gustave J. S. White, Inc.