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Cylinder Desk and Bookcase

Maker:
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854)
Date:
1815–20
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, satinwood, gilded gesso with yellow poplar, white pine
Dimensions:
95 3/8 x 48 1/8 x 24 in. (242.3 x 122.2 x 61 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, in memory of Berry B. Tracy, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.236a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726
The exacting craftsmanship, rarely seen roll-top mechanism, and first-quality woods indicate that this bookcase was certainly made by one of the finest furniture establishments in the United States. One particular feature—the spiral-fluted ellipsoids above the tapered legs—relates this cylinder desk and bookcase to a labeled Duncan Phyfe work table in the Winterthur Museum collection. The writing board is mechanically activated and moves forward as the roll-top, or cylinder, front is lifted.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vason Jones, Albany, Georgia, until 1985
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