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Desk and bookcase

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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)
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
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
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