Ladies Tambour Desk, Seymour Shop, Eagle Brasses
Curly Mahogany, solid and veneer, mixed secondary wood
Classic early example featuring Seymour shop construction and joinery
Lid with cut corners
Locator blocks in well
Thumbnail Lunette inlay
Red washes in Boston style
Tongue and grove batten in cherry
Classic bracket foot orientation
Tiger maple banding in red stain
Trapezoidal glue blocks
Scratched and pencil Seymouresque marks
The prospect door has been returned to its correct orientation; minor imperfections, as found; ready for sensitive restoration.
(H: 48"; bottom case W: 37.75"; bottom case D: 19.5"; writing H: 31.75"; top W: 36.75"; top D: 10.75"). Call or e-mail David Hillier.
Desk, Stand Up, Original Paint, Hinged Top, Fitted Interior
White pine and poplar, rare form, clean
The rectangular lift-top, slant-lid with applied molding opens to reveal a fitted compartment featuring six cubbies above a single drawer centered by two pigeon holes either side; above a pair of ledger compartments. The writing surface is above three working drawers of dovetail construction that retain original turned wood pulls; the whole raised on tall ogee-cutout-feet. The original faux grained surface remains in fine condition and has developed a nice patina.
(Dimensions: 49" H, 32.75" W, 21.75" D.)
Clerk's or Schoolmaster's Desk, Blue Paint
Early 19th Century
White Pine - SOLD
Finely dovetail and mortise/tenon constructed; high shaped galley above slant-lid wring surface with applied molding; the upper case containing cubbies sits within the molded lower case, each side with working long drawer; kneehole with paneled door opening to storage compartment. The case with solid paneled sides raised on square legs. Wonderful blue paint over original red.
Dimensions: 38" H; 26.25" W; 23.25" D.
843-143 - SOLD
Secretary, Desk, Bonnet Top, Bookcase, On Claw and Ball Foot Frame, Carved
Circa 1750 to 1770
Whimsical and right
Maple scroll-top desk/bookcase, molded pediment, shaped and fielded panel doors centered by fluted pilasters; lower case with sloping lid opens to interior with valanced cubbies over small drawers and three fan carvings; also coin drawer hidden within molding. The case resting on molded and carved frame with scrolled returns-raised on claw and ball feet. (Dimensions: 84" overall H, 45" desk H, 33.25" writing H, 35" bottom case W, 20.5" bottom case D, 35" top case W, 12.25" top case D.) Minor imperfections.
Sideboard, Federal, Inlaid Mahogany
(Dimensions: 39.5" H, 63" W, 21.25" D.)
Federal Inlayed Mahogany Sideboard
The central drawer above two hinged doors and flanking doors, the doors with quarter-fan inlay, the legs with bellflower inlay, old refinish. A reasonably priced, ready to use "board" with minor imperfections; patches to veneer on both flanking doors and on center left door near escutcheons, patches near hinges adjacent to center left door, lock mechanism on central drawer broken.
(H: 37"; W: 76.75"; D: 28.25")
Federal Secretary Bookcase
North Shore, Massachusetts or Portsmouth
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, rosewood cross banding and flame birch
This example distinguished by successful proportions, wood selection and inlays is in three parts; crest of twin arches centered by inlaid rosewood plinths with flame birch diamond panels and turned urn and spire finials. The bookcase fronted by a pair of astragal molded glazed doors retaining original glass; the interior fitted with two shelves over four aligned drawers over eight valanced cubbies. The lower case with hinged folding writing surface (flap) that rests on lopers contains three inlaid drawers each with rosewood cross-banding; the whole raised on tapering legs having banded cuffs and featuring bellflower and leaf inlay with scratch-ornamentation. This secretary remains in excellent original structural condition; although the brasses are period-they are not original; old surface. (79" H, 32" writing H, 41" base W, 21.5" base D, 39.5" shelf W, 12.25" shelf D.)
Tabletop Bible Reading Desk Box
Oak, rich patina
The overhanging molded sloping lid retaining original forged butterfly hinges is carved with initials "AL" and opens to a plain interior; the top and sides of lid are ornamented with V-gouge carving. The case is raised on projecting base; front panel of case features carved ornamentation within chip carved outside edges. Minor imperfections consistent with use; latch and lock are missing; early 19th century oval brass plate masks the lock-plate piercing.
(Dimensions: 11" H, 28.5" W, 17" D.)
Federal Cylinder Secretary and Bookcase with Cornice
Attributed to the Shop of Thomas Seymour
Typical of Seymour's cylinder secretary formula are the three cases and pediment cornice; lower desk unit with drawers and cylinder front; a small stepped-back mid-case with small drawers set on this; a bookcase with Gothic-arched and glazed doors and a separate cornice. The desk interior features a pull-out sliding writing surface, with several drawers and letter-holes above with arched valances. In addition, many construction and inlay features are typical and consistent with Seymour's shop traditions. The case with lunette inlay is veneered with panels of "she oak" and cross banded with "bloodwood" veneers, the use of these woods is typical of the Seymour shop and very unusual for other Boston makers. Refinished and other minor imperfections; complete report by Robert Mussey available. (Dimensions: 84.5" H; 39" W; 22.75" D.)
Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Original Finish
Within the shop traditions of "the Bartlett Circle"
Northeastern Massachusetts or possibly coastal New Hampshire
Second half, 18th century
Maple - SOLD
The thumb-molded lid opens to rest on original lopers; simple interior of 10-valenced cubbies and two sliding vertical letter-document drawers having turned and split column applied moldings; above five small drawers sliding on a double beaded divider above two longer drawers centering an open space provided for a ledger or other large book. The slant lid remains on original iron hinges that have never been disturbed. The case with four long thumb-molded graduated drawers on a molded base with bandy cabriole legs on distinctive well defined feet with pronounced rear hocks and large pads. Hocked feet are rare in American furniture; the heel above the ankle has been chamfered leaving a small hock behind the ankle. This choice desk of compact proportion measures 36.5" W by 17" D by 42.5" H. This survivor remains in superb "as found" condition. See, New Hampshire's Enduring Queen Anne Furniture: 1760-1825, From the Bartlett Perspective by Walter A. Backofen.
191-327 - SOLD
Desk, William and Mary, Slant Lid, Ball Feet
Circa 1690 to 1725
Gumwood - SOLD
The dovetailed rectangular case with hinged sloping lid opens to reveal a simple interior featuring three cubbies over single drawers on each side of three stacked small drawers at the center.
The case with four graduated thumb-molded drawers, the base with applied molding raised on detachable turned ball and stretcher feet. (Dimensions: 40.5" H, 31.75" writing H, 37.5" W, 18.5" D.)
843-87 - SOLD
Desk, Slant Lid, Queen Anne
Maple - SOLD
A very small example, lid opens to simple interior; two short drawers over two long drawers, all overhanging thumb-molded with replaced brasses; the case raised on applied bracket base with central lobed drop. Minor imperfections. (Height: 38.25 inches; width: 32 inches; depth: 18 inches; writing height: 28.5 inches)
583-2 - SOLD
Desk, Slant Lid, Old Red Paint
Circa 1750 to 1770
Maple and pine - SOLD
The writing lid opens to reveal a simple interior of valanced cubbies above drawers; the arrangement of the interior and the projecting interior side compartments are identical to other known and published desks from the Norwich area, as are the proportions, the base molding and feet. This small desk in old red paint has been restored; repair to interior hinge rail at left proper hinge, two drawer lip repairs and the replacement of the right proper loper, other minor imperfections. A nearly identical desk owned by the New London County Historical Society, Shaw Mansion, is published within New London County Furniture: 1640-1840 by the Lyman Allyn Museum, page 29, plate 27. (Height: 40.5 inches; writing height: 29.5 inches; width: 34.75 inches; depth: 18.5 inches)
572-4 - SOLD
Desk, Slant Lid
Maple, chestnut, and white pine
This slant-lid desk is a mere 33-inches in width; rectangular dovetailed case with sloping lid opening to a fitted stepped interior of valanced cubbies above drawers; case with four thumb-molded graduated drawers raised on a molded base featuring shaped bracket feet. The brasses are replaced; old refinish; other minor imperfections. (Height: 39 inches; writing height: 28.25 inches; width: 33 inches; depth: 18 inches.)
Desk, Slant Lid
Maple - SOLD
The fall front writing surface opens to an interior with prospect door behind which is a valenced drawer above a cubby, above drawer with brass pull; the prospect section centered by cubbies and drawers. The case with four graduated, thumb molded, overhanging drawers raised on molded base resting on tall ogee-feet. Condition: generally excellent with only minor aging imperfections such as a tight fissure, now restored in one lid batten; brasses replaced; old refinish. (Height: 43 inches; writing height: 31 inches; width: 36.25 inches; depth: 18 inches)
264-49 - SOLD
Writing Desk, Portable, Tambour
Mahogany with pine secondary wood
Circa 1800 to 1810
A fine example, the upper and back edges of case, and base feature fine reeded molding; interior fitted for pens and inkwells; original brass hardware, lock and key. When drawer is pulled out the tambour cover opens; writing surface opens forward to rest on open drawer. Writing surface felt restored with all else fine.
(H: 6.75"; W: 16"; D: 9.75".)
Circa 1790 to 1800
Highly Figured Mahogany
Figured maple inlay and banding
With pictorial stemmed wine glass inlays
The rectangular top with a shaped and banded front above a conforming case fitted with two central drawers, each with string and oval-panel inlays flanked either side by ovolo cupboards with conforming inlays above figured cross-banded inlay raised on square tall tapered legs; the four front legs inlayed with an overlapping husk pattern above a stemmed wine glass inlay; string-inlay and banded cuffs complete the embellishment of legs. (White pine secondary wood; original brasses and hardware. H: 39.75"; L: 64.25"; D: 22.25".)
Desk, Slant Lid, Turned Legs
First Half 19th Century
As depicted, the falling-front with batten ends rests on lopers; the interior fitted with shelf above valenced ledger compartment, centered by a pair of cubbies either side. The desk section rests on apron with single long drawer above shaped skirt; the case raised on turned legs.
(Height: 39 inches; writing height: 29 inches; width: 33.25 inches; depth: 18.5 inches.)
Grain Painted Table Top Desk with the BEST Interior
The interior of this desk has the best dry blue surface on each of the scalloped cut outs over each of the four blue drawers.
Dimensions: 38.5-inches wide by 15.5-inches tall by 20.5-inches deep.
Rare Country Bookcase
Original Red Paint
Pine - SOLD
A simple case of three shelves raised on cut out side feet.
Dimensions: 49-inches high, 39.5-inches wide, 14.25-inches deep, 11.75-inch shelf depth.
201-270 - SOLD
Bookcase, Cupboard, Original Painted Surface, Paint Decorated, Glazed
Poplar, maple, and pine
A scarcely encountered form, small size featuring outstanding proportions, this cupboard-bookcase with applied moldings is perfect for collection display or its original intent; books. There are four graduated shelves behind the 12-light doors above a bottom case with paneled doors; the case raised on five turned feet. The two-piece case is finely constructed; mortise, tenon and wood pegged.
This rare form remains in excellent, nearly original condition; interior paint is untouched; a few extremely minor, and small areas of in-paint; structural integrity intact.
(Dimensions: 67" W, 72" H, 16.25" base D, 10" case D.)
Desk, Stand up Fall Front Desk, Exuberantly Painted and Paint Decorated
First Half 19th Century
New York State
A stand up fall front desk identical in design signed George Pierce, Manlius, New York is known. (Ex Schnall Collection)
The rectangular lid opens to rest on loppers with molded fronts; interior with three paint decorated short drawers centered by large cubby beneath conforming drawer; all above a case having four graduated thumb-molded overhanging-drawers raised on a bracket base having a single-arcade side-profile with returns and a lovely front profile centered by a bold lobe and cyma curve. The desk is in good old paint; yellow and red drawers are vinegar grained with the case being grained in red. The hinge rail has been repaired; iron lid hinges are possibly replaces as are the drawer pulls, all else fine. (H: 51.5"; writing H: 39 "; W: 38 5/8"; D: 22.25")
Desk, Slant Lid, Hepplewhite
Probably Yarmouth, Massachusetts; made of cherry and retaining original brass hardware. The fall front opens to reveal the interior prospect section with three drawers centering three-drawers above four-cubbies either side pf prospect door. The case with four graduated, lipped, overhanging drawers raised on French feet. Two feet have been restored; about 1-inch of the proper front right foot and 2.5-inches of the left front foot. (Width: 39-inches; depth: 20.75-inches; height: 43.5-inches; writing height: 32-inches.)
Maple, pine and birch
The rectangular thumb-molded falling-lid opens to reveal ogee valances divided by lobes over conforming cubbies above three drawers...each side, as described, centering the prospect door-behind which is similarly valenced drawer above cubby above a conforming blocked drawer. The case with four graduated beaded drawers on molded base raised on outstanding ogee feet with dramatic returns. The desk is in a very old dry thin red paint with broad brushed graining which was probably done during the 19th century when the turned wood knobs were installed. (Height: 42 inches; width: 39.75 inches; depth: 18.5 inches.)
CHIPPENDALE SLANT-FRONT DESK
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
In Red Paint...a rare and highly desirable form
in exceptional condition and great color - SOLD
This country desk has a well developed interior with sunburst carved prospect door that is flanked by serpentine drawers. The claw-and-ball feet and medial drop pendant are unusually sophisticated developments for a painted desk. Made in New Hampshire, this desk displays the influence of the Dunlap School of cabinet makers. Its construction of three primary woods indicates that it was always intended to have a painted surface. The current paint is circa 1840, over the original. Constructed of maple, birch and pine primary woods; pine secondary wood. The brasses are appropriate period replacements within the original borings. (Height: 44-inches; width: 37.5-inches; depth: 18.5-inches.)
274-67 - SOLD
Cherry Oxbow Serpentine Desk Bookcase
Connecticut River Valley...probably Deerfield/Greenfield
Circa 1780 - SOLD
The top section with flat molded cornice above two doors with recessed molded serpentine panels opening to adjustable shelves with two exterior candle slide drawers. The lower section with slant-lid opening to an interior of eight drawers and ten valenced compartments, above a cock-beaded case with a double arched carved top drawer and three drawers below, all raised on outstanding ogee bracket feet. Old surface with good patina; period brasses in original holes appear to be original. The stylized feet and other elements in the style of Daniel Clay. (Height: 84 inches; width: 41.25 inches; depth: 21.5 inches.)
410-12 - SOLD