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Gentleman’s secretary

Maker:
Attributed to Nehemiah Adams (1769–1840)
Date:
1800–1810
Geography:
Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, satinwood with white pine
Dimensions:
96 x 68 x 18 in. (243.8 x 172.7 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, Bequest of Ethel Yocum, Bequest of Charlotte E. Hoadley, and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
One of only about a dozen known examples attributed to Nehemiah Adams, this piece shows great unity of design, achieved through the rhythmic use of ellipses—a favorite Neoclassical shape—in the panels of the cabinet base. The ellipses are echoed in the muntins (the strips dividing the individual panes of glass) of the glazed upper bookcase doors. The form of this gentleman's secretary-and-bookcase is derived from plate 52 of Thomas Sheraton's "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book" (London, 1793).
Israel Sack Inc., New York, 1971
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