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Secretary, Hepplewhite, Flame Birch, Glazed Doors, Hinged Writing Surface
Northshore of Massachusetts or Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Date/Period: 1800


Secretary, Hepplewhite, Flame Birch, Glazed Doors, Hinged Writing Surface Northshore of Massachusetts or Portsmouth, New Hampshire, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 70"; writing height: 34.5"; top case: 39.75" x 12";
bottom case: 40.25" x 20.5"

Material: Mahogany, flame birch veneers, mixed wood inlays

Condition: One of the eglomise panels may be replaced, brasses are old
replacements; writing surface baize is not original; minor losses to inlay. The brass
eagle finial is not period. Cornice returns are restored. Displays beautifully.

Additional Information: An outstanding Federal example featuring spectacular
matched flame birch veneers. In two parts, the shaped cornice with central inlaid panel
above projecting molding and long rectangular panel and two doors featuring eglomise
panels above interlaced mullions of sophisticated design. The center section with three
doors that open to interior drawers and valanced cubbies sits within the molded waist of
lower case. The foldout writing surface rests on loppers above three drawers…the
whole raised on French feet joining shaped apron.

$17,850.00

271-73


Secretary, Hepplewhite, Flame Birch, Glazed Doors, Hinged Writing Surface Northshore of Massachusetts or Portsmouth, New Hampshire, entire view 2

Secretary, Hepplewhite, Flame Birch, Glazed Doors, Hinged Writing Surface Northshore of Massachusetts or Portsmouth, New Hampshire, entire view 3



Federal Sideboard, Serpentine Front, Tapered Legs
Connecticut, circa 1795-1805
Cherry


Federal Sideboard, Serpentine Front, Tapered Legs
Connecticut, circa 1795-1805
Cherry, entire view

An outstanding serpentine-front inlaid sideboard, probably Connecticut, circa 1800,
cherry. The oblong serpentine-front top with alternating light and dark inlaid edge above
a case with two concave banded short drawers with line inlaid quarter round inlaid
corners and oval inlaid center, centering a long convex drawer with similar inlay and
an ivory escutcheon plate above a pair of concave hinged cupboard doors with banded
and line inlaid quarter round inlaid corners and circular inlaid center and ivory key
escutcheon, centering a pair of recessed convex hinged cupboard doors with similar
inlay and ivory key escutcheon flanked by concave panels with line inlaid quarter round
inlaid corners and vertical oval inlaid center, joined by oval, bellflower and line inlaid
square tapering legs ending in cross banded cuffs. Brasses are period replacements,
surface was cleaned, various minor repairs to inlays.
(width: 72”, depth at ends: 15”, at center: 26”, height: 42”)

$12,250.00

859-12




Clerk’s Desk, Stand-Up, New England, Brown Paint, Original Brass Hardware
Date/Period: Circa 1780 SOLD


Clerk’s Desk, Stand-Up, New England, Brown Paint, Original Brass Hardware, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 48.25"; width: 42.25"; depth: 24"

Material: Cherry, maple, and white pine

Condition: Very good overall condition, historic surface, original lid hinges

Additional Information: The hinged slat-lid top opening to a fitted interior featuring 12-
cubbies having molded dividers and period compartment labels; over a conforming case
with single thumb-molded drawer. The top case is received by the robust waist molding
above drawer, the otherwise plain apron is beaded…the whole raised on block and
turned legs joined by box stretcher resting on ball feet. 19th century brown paint in dry
patina over original blue paint.

SOLD

424-376


Clerk’s Desk, Stand-Up, New England, Brown Paint, Original Brass Hardware, entire view 2



Antique, Secretary Bookcase,
Paint Decorated, Glazed Doors
Likely Ohio, circa 1820-1830
Pine and poplar


Antique, Secretary Bookcase, Paint Decorated, Glazed Doors 
Likely Ohio, circa 1820-1830
Pine and poplar, entire view 1

A grain-painted glazed desk/bookcase of two-piece construction featuring cove molding above a pair of six light glazed door: the interior with original robin’ s egg blue paint. The lift-top slanted desktop opens to a bittersweet-painted interior having four tiger-maple [curly maple] grain-painted drawers retaining original brass pulls and open compartments. The lower case with single long drawer over center section containing four short drawers flanked by two deep drawers each side. As part of the desk’ s evolution the center section of four drawers was likely added within twenty years of its conception facilitating the owners need for storage. The desk is raised on scroll front legs and turned rear legs. The case may have originally sat on the floor with legs added when kneehole was fitted with drawers. Original surface, small loss to left corner of cornice, extremely minor paint wear, sections of beading missing on base.
(Height: 86.75"; width: 42.75"; depth: 23")


Antique, Secretary Bookcase, Paint Decorated, Glazed Doors 
Likely Ohio, circa 1820-1830
Pine and poplar, entire view 2

Antique, Secretary Bookcase, Paint Decorated, Glazed Doors 
Likely Ohio, circa 1820-1830
Pine and poplar, base detail

$6,950.00

497-132




Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior
Rhode Island
Date/Period: 1750-1770


Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior Rhode Island, entire view

Measurement: Height: 41.5"; writing height: 32.5"; width: 35.75"; depth: 18.5"

Material: Curly maple and white pine

Condition: Excellent, great color and patina

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…

$5,600.00

271-81


Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior Rhode Island, entire view 2

Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior Rhode Island, entire view 3

Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior Rhode Island, detail view 1

Queen Anne Slant Lid Desk, Fine Fitted Blocked and Shell Carved Interior Rhode Island, detail view 2



19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk,
Original Condition Circa 1825
Maple, basswood, and white pine


19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk, Original Condition
Circa 1825
Maple, basswood, and white pine, entire view 1

The slant top opens to reveal several rows of compartments, some retaining labels such
as “deeds”. Recessed paneled sides, three dovetail joined graduated drawers; corner
posts continuing to turned legs. The vinegar daubed decoration is against a bright
yellow over varnished ground darkened with age. Left front leg is damaged behind ring-
turning…make-do repair utilizing a steel bracket from behind and a turned stretcher
joining rear leg. The repair is very strong and stable. We have talent available to
properly restore although it displays well as is. Please know that what looks like brown
imperfection to bottom drawer, at left, is an old paper label which will easily steam-off.
(Height: 47.5"; writing height: 41"; width: 35.75"; depth: 22")


19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk, Original Condition
Circa 1825
Maple, basswood, and white pine, entire view 2

19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk, Original Condition
Circa 1825
Maple, basswood, and white pine, entire view 3

19th Century Vermont Paint Decorated Standup Desk, Original Condition
Circa 1825
Maple, basswood, and white pine, detail view

$2,550.00

410-184




Vermont Paint Decorated Two Part Blind Door Secretary
Likely Southwestern Vermont, circa 1830
Maple and basswood, OUTSTANDING original faux graining


Vermont Paint Decorated Two Part Blind Door Secretary
Likely Southwestern Vermont, circa 1830
Maple and basswood, OUTSTANDING original faux graining, entire view 1

The bookcase interior features a single shelf above a ledger cubby flanked by short
drawers. Fall front writing lid rests on loppers having Bennington flint pulls and retains
original green baize. Two dovetail-joined drawers with turned wood pulls above a plain
apron joining tapered cutout legs. (Height: 56.5"; writing height: 29.5"; width: 35.25":
depth: 17.75"; cupboard depth: 10")


Vermont Paint Decorated Two Part Blind Door Secretary
Likely Southwestern Vermont, circa 1830
Maple and basswood, OUTSTANDING original faux graining, entire view 2

Vermont Paint Decorated Two Part Blind Door Secretary
Likely Southwestern Vermont, circa 1830
Maple and basswood, OUTSTANDING original faux graining, entire view 3

$2,450.00

410-181




Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775
Cheery primary, poplar and white pin secondaries
A particularly attractive example of rural Connecticut
origin in wonderful old surface; the secretary in three
parts…a desk on frame surmounted by a bookcase, an ambitious
and immensely successful effort by a gifted
rural cabinetmaker.


Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, entire view 1

The bonnet-top having cyma scrolled tympanum with bold conforming moldings; the side plinths having finials
rising above the case stiles; the cresting centered by a plinth with flame turned finial. The powerfully raised panel
tombstone doors conceal deeply carved scalloped domes, and a sophisticated arrangement of letter slots and book
shelving; the whole above candle slides featuring molded fronts [below the doors on either side].

The desk of four graduated thumb molded graduated drawers below a well-crafted slanted fall-board concealing a
removeable prospect section at center, actuated by a secret spring lock; behind the prospect is a drawer for
documents, and a concealed trap door to three original coin drawers, which are positioned behind the full width
top drawer of the desk proper; the prospect is fronted by a removeable well carved sunburst centered drawer.

The desk is unusual in construction whereas it is supported by a separate frame raised on graceful cabriole legs
featuring accentuated sweep and attenuated stance on out swept pad feet. The rhythmically scroll carved molded
apron provides motion…visual excitement. The acceptance molding of the two cases display appropriate and
successful molded contour accentuating a balanced union and is repeated at the base of the frame. The
proportions, drawer graduation, and overall vertical orientation cannot be overstated.

In exceptional structural condition; having wonderful old surface; finials are replacements; added glue block
to interior bonnet roof to compensate for the shortened bonnet edge of the top side in the bonnet backboard,
restoring it to the correct placement and contour within the bonnet architecture (the shortened edge was certainly
done to accommodate a lower ceiling height. Desk interior: some valances restored, some interior drawer bottoms
replaced with period stock, sunburst carved prospect door is replaced; 150-year-old restoration to applied scrolled
molding on the proper right-side bottom of the frame; added braces at corners of the frame with later screws.

Reference: For related examples see:

Connecticut Valley Furniture; Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800; Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice
K. Kugelman with Robert Lionetti; Connecticut Historical Society Museum; Hartford, Connecticut; 2005; Catalog 55;
Desk-and-bookcase-on-frame; possibly Middletown; pp. 129-131.

Connecticut Valley Furniture; Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800; Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice
K. Kugelman with Robert Lionetti; Connecticut Historical Society Museum; Hartford, Connecticut; 2005; Catalog
153; Desk-and-bookcase-on-frame; possibly; Glastonbury or Middletown; pp. 332-333.

Dimensions: Height: 92”; Secretary width: 34.5”; Desk width: 37.5”; Depth: 20”.


Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, entire view 2

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, entire view 3

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, entire view 4

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, detail 1

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, detail 2

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, detail 3

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, detail 4

Period Queen Anne Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Secretary
Connecticut, circa 1775, detail 5

$45,500.00

745-157




THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK
Pennsylvania, 19th C., see Joe Kindig, Jr. Ad, Magazine Antiques, Jan. 1934
A fine Federal tiger maple, satinwood, and mahogany slant-lid desk

THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK

The slant-front opening to the interior fitted with three drawers flanked by prospect
drawers, and two banks of four cubby holes over four drawers, the lid inlaid with a
spread-winged eagle bearing a shield within alternating mahogany and satinwood inlays
within a block and line border, above four graduated beaded drawers; the beaded
drawers flanked by canted corners inlaid to match the border on the slant lid, the base
inlaid in a dentillated pattern and raised on pointed bracket feet, one document drawer
inscribed on the side in black ink "Prince George Co. Md.," pencil inscriptions "lenth
from Mich,/ Be not stat os on I'll choak you [SIC]/ miss May Shank/ Boarderstown N.J./
Miss Edith Gillberry/ Ty...Pa.," and on the other side in pencil "Property of M.B. Moffit
(?)/ Buffalo, N.Y." Feet restored, else fine. (Dimensions: 45.25" high by 39.25" wide by
20.75" deep; brasses and base restored.)

LITERATURE: Illustrated on the inside cover of "THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES, January
1934, in an advertisement for Joe Kindig, Jr. The advertisement depicts three examples
of period eagle inlay, with the upper left example from the Guthman desk.

$28,500.00

281-78

THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK, entire view 2
THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK, entire view 3
THE WILLIAM “BILL” GUTHMAN EAGLE INLAID FEDERAL DESK, back view



Chippendale Slant Lid Desk, Cabriole Legs, Probably New Hampshire, Circa 1775-1780
Unknown Maker, SMALL SIZE
Figured birch and white pine


Chippendale Slant Lid Desk, Cabriole Legs, Probably New Hampshire, Circa 1775-1780, entire view
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”.)

$3,450.00

505-136




Desk, Federal Slant Front, Curly Maple, Boldly Striped, French Feet
New England, Circa 1790 to 1810
Nicely figured wood including interior


Desk, Federal Slant Front, Curly Maple, Boldly Striped, French Feet
New England, Circa 1790 to 1810, entire view

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")

$4,900

843-241



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