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Desk and Bookcase

John Davey (active ca. 1797–1822)
John Davey Jr.
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Mahogany, satinwood veneer with white pine, yellow poplar
94 11/16 x 45 x 22 3/8 in. (240.5 x 114.3 x 56.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher and Rogers Funds, Mrs. Russell Sage Gift, and Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange, 1962
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723
John Davey inscribed his name seven times on the drawers of this desk and bookcase; the signature of his son John Davey Jr., who at the time was undoubtedly still serving his apprenticeship, appears twice. Another pencil inscription reads “C. J. Ewing / Media,” for Charles J. Ewing, who owned the piece in the mid-nineteenth century.
Charles J. Ewing; Arthur J. Sussel Antiques, Philadelphia, until 1951; Ginsburg and Levy Inc., New York, 1951–1962
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