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Desk and Bookcase

Date:
1794
Geography:
Made in Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Maple, white pine
Dimensions:
84 x 45 3/4 x 25 1/4 in. (213.4 x 116.2 x 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Screven Lorillard, 1953
Accession Number:
53.179.1a
Not on view
This desk and bookcase is exceptional in quality and condition. The proportions are good, the richly figured tiger-stripe maple carefully selected and precisely wrought. The original red finish, in imitation of mahogany, has faded to a golden hue.
Inscription: inscribed in chalk on a bookcase-unit back: 1794 / I[?] Back; inscribed on desk-unit back: October 17th D 1794
descended in the Warner family, Hardwick, Massachusetts; Charles R. Morson, Brooklyn, until 1927; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, 1927–1951; her daughter, Mrs. Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey, 1951–1953
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