Condition: Excellent original condition including brass hardware and feet; restoration to
rear foot blocks, left side base molding, an interior drawer and partial single loper
Additional Information: Small size William and Mary desks retaining original bun feet,
brasses, and being constructed of cherrywood are extremely rare. The interior features
and outstanding stepped-out interior featuring an exceptionally grained fall down
prospect door retaining original functioning lock that opens to reveal three drawers and
a hidden well. The birds head and bump out scrolled dividers are quite sophisticated
and deep…they work in concert producing an interesting interior. The fall-front writing
surface is above four graduated drawers and a molded base raised on outstanding bun
feet of exceptional form, color, and condition.
To view a similarly molded chest with closely related boldly turned feet
see a Magazine Antiques ad for Nathan Liverant & Sons; October 1992, page 441.
The desk was purportedly owned by the Gardnier family of Long Island, New York;
acquired by a private collector in 1998 to AAAWT.
Desk on Frame, Chippendale, The Stocking Group, Connecticut
A flawless Expression of Form Date/Period: 1760-1795
Material: Cherry, secondary woods: white and yellow pine;
two drawer backs are poplar.
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age and use. One trivial minor lip repair
Hardware is replaced.
Literature: See Connecticut Valley Furniture – Eliphalet Chapin and His
Contemporaries, 1750-1800 by Thomas Kugelman and Alice Kugelman with Robert
Lionetti, pp. 87 to 91. Also, Connecticut Furniture – Seventeenth and Eighteenth
Centuries, Wadsworth Athenium, page 73, number 122.
Additional Information: The Stocking Group which includes four closely related desks
on frames was named for Luther Stocking, an early owner. All five display outstanding
related design features; fitted interiors with hidden compartments behind prospect
section, and similar construction.
For additional information please email or call David Hillier email@example.com, 978-597-8084
Chippendale Slant Lid Desk, Curly Maple
Boldly Striped Tiger Maple, Warm Color Date/Period: New England, Circa 1800
Material: Mahogany, cedar, cypress, and yellow pine, brass hardware
Condition: Very good, original brass hardware; base missing two glue blocks. At one
time the bracket foot returns may have featured small pendent drops.
Additional Information: The slant lid opens to reveal an interior containing a central
prospect section featuring an arched paneled door flanked by vertical document
drawers, and valanced cubbies over drawers. The lower case having four graduated
drawers retaining original brass hardware and featuring thumb-molded overhanging
drawer face edges is raised on a molded base resting on applied bracket base.
The three-quarter dust boards and other construction features are in the circle of
Slant Lid Desk, Fan Carved Prospect Door, Old Surface, 18th C.
Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island Date/Period: Circa 1775
Condition: Good, lid hinges and brasses are very old yet not original
Additional Information: The fall front lid opens to the interior featuring a fan carved
prospect door behind which are four drawers; prospect section cubbies and drawers.
The cubbies divided by Rhode island style partitions. The case with for thumb-molded
graduated drawers and molded base is raised on ogee feet. Very good color and patina.
Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior
Rhode Island Date/Period: 1750-1770
Additional Information: The rectangular case with hinged sloping lid opening to an
outstanding fitted interior; three concave-carved blocked drawers are behind shell-
carved prospect door flanked by three valanced cubbies above conforming blocked
drawers, each side flanked by bracket-valanced larger cubbies surmounting concave
carved drawer facings. The case with four graduated long thumb-molded drawers on
molded base raised on applied bracket feet. A lovely example…displaying definitive
Newport shop traditions.
Chippendale Slant Lid Desk, Cabriole Legs, Probably New Hampshire, Circa 1775-1780
Unknown Maker, SMALL SIZE
Figured birch and white pine
Stepped interior featuring fan-carved central drawer flanked by document drawers and valanced compartments above short drawers on a case of four graduated long drawers having thumb-molded overhanging drawers. The case, on a molded base, stands on beautifully shaped bandy [cabriole] legs featuring pad feet centering a shaped pendant. In generally excellent condition with minor imperfections commensurate with age and use; left proper rear return is missing yet easily replaced by our expert…brasses are appropriate replacements. Likely New Hampshire, school of Peter Bartlett (1788-1838), Salisbury, New Hampshire.
(Height: 42’, width is 36”, depth: 18.5”, writing surface is 32”.)
Desk, Federal Slant Front, Curly Maple, Boldly Striped, French Feet
New England, Circa 1790 to 1810
Nicely figured wood including interior
Generally very good, wear commensurate with age and use; issues are cosmetic and mentioned for accuracy; minor scratches and wear to top board; typical tight shrinkage cracks to fall board and case sides. Left side with some white scratch marks. Right side partially sun bleached and with horizontal scratch near midsection. Escutcheon and brasses probably replaced. Lid hinges replaced; lid patched accordingly. Some short drawer knobs loose. Inside of one short drawer retains a typed label indicating origin and date. Scuff mark to upper left corner of lowermost drawer. Crack and repairs to right side foot facings. (H: 42.75", writing H: 32", W: 39.75", D: 20.5")
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