Mahogany, yellow pine, red cedar, white oak, tulip poplar
96 5/8 x 40 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (245.4 x 102.9 x 62.9 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
Among the most impressive forms of American furniture, the desk and bookcase was a symbol of its owner’s mercantile and intellectual achievements. On this example, a carved finial bust of a young woman, likely a literary figure, emerges from the broken-scroll pediment at the top.
Inscription: inscribed in pencil inside back of desk unit: [an illegible inscription]; pasted on bottom of large drawer: [printed paper receipt, dated Dec. 29, 1898, for 994 hours of restoration labor.]
William Meggat, Wethersfield, Connecticut, until 1898; George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut, until 1918
Artist: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (American (born England), Fulneck, Yorkshire 1764–1820 New Orleans, Louisiana)Date: ca. 1808Medium: Yellow poplar, oak, maple, white pine, gold leaf, and gessoAccession: 1994.189On view in:Gallery 731