Desk and bookcase

Workshop of Nathaniel Gould American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 751

Stately proportions, carefully chosen figured mahogany, and a lustrous old finish combine to make this the finest of the Salem secretaries with blocked drawers, arched door panels, and a broken-scroll pediment. The desk bears a remarkable inscription—Nathaniel Gould not his work—the latter part presumably penned by the talented journeyman who made the masterpiece and did not want his master to get credit for it!

Desk and bookcase, Workshop of Nathaniel Gould (1734–1782), Mahogany, white pine; brass, American

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