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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF5913

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

40 34 3/4 17 in. (101.6 88.27 43.18 cm)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Maple, maple and other veneers; maple (lopers); pine (back boards, back of secret compartment; secret compartment drawers, bottom and sides of exterior drawers); chestnut (drawer dividers on interior, sliding lid, front and backs of exterior drawers, sides and bottom of secret compartment)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Adams," in gray paint, on back boards; vertical slashes, in graphite, on interior front, sides, and backs of larger interior drawers except for large drawer at proper right of prospect; occasional vertical slashes, in graphite, on smaller interior drawers; vertical slashes, in graphite, on interior backs of top and middle exterior drawers

Style

William and Mary, Queen Anne

Provenance

Charles H. West (1862 - 1934), Rutland, Vermont. Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton, Massachusetts), October 29, 1988, lot 163

Associated names

Charles H. West
Skinner, Inc.

Bibliography

Robert W. Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Mass., Americana, sale cat. (October 29, 1988), lot 163, ill.