Benjamin Burnham American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717

Inscribed: “This Desk was maid in the / year 1769 Buy Benjn Burnham, / that sarvfed his time in Felledlfey [Philadelphia]” this is the best documented and most ambitious of all Connecticut desks. Oddly enough, there is no apparent Philadelphia influence. Rather, the desk borrows motifs from Massachusetts (the inlaid compass stars and blocked front) and New York (the claw-and-ball feet in front and bracket feet in back).

Desk, Benjamin Burnham (ca. 1729–1773), Cherry, white pine, yellow poplar, American

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