Desk and bookcase, Mahogany, satinwood, holly, verre églomisé with cedar, pine, American

Desk and bookcase

Date:
1800–1810
Geography:
Made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, satinwood, holly, verre églomisé with cedar, pine
Dimensions:
68 3/4 x 30 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (174.6 x 77.5 x 59.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
34.135
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 730
The verre églomisé panels—reverse paintings on glass—on the front of this desk depict Faith, Moses, and an unidentified male figure, above, and Temperance and Justice on the doors. Most Americans in this period were well versed in the meaning of allegorical figures such as these. The desk originally belonged to Dr. Edward Harris of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.
Dr. Edward Harris, Queen Anne's County, Maryland; Severn Teackle Wallis, Baltimore, from ca. 1886; his niece, Mrs. James Fortescue Giffen, Baltimore; her daughter, Mrs. Louise Giffen Fishburn, Baltimore, until 1934