Secretary Desk, Bookcase, Attributed to Silas Rice (1770-1853)

Wallingford or Middletown, Connecticut

Secretary Desk, Bookcase, Attributed to Silas Rice (1770-1853), Image 1

The secretary having a potently pitched broken-arched pediment with sunburst terminals and linked chain cutouts in the tympanum; above two flat paneled bookcase doors featuring applied moldings. Doors open to a simple functional interior; above a desk having a slanted fall board for writing, with a nicely developed valanced interior with dividers over drawer banks, having a shell carved prospect door at center; the base of four graduated drawers surrounded by cock- beading; resting on ogee-bracket feet.

Date: 1790-1810

Measurement: Height: 90.25"; top case: 36" x 10"; bottom case: 39" x 21"

Material: Cherrywood

Condition: Old refinish displaying good color and patina; repairs to tight cracks in tympanum; the sides have a tight fissure. The feet have been dinged by floor cleaners and there are some repairs to interior desk drawers & lower hinged edge of fall board. The cartouche and brasses are correct replacements. Overall, this rare desk-bookcase remains in fine condition with only trivial "in-use" imperfections that have been repaired. Minor repairs to applied drawer edge cockbeaded molding with approximate three-quarters of the bottom drawer top molding replaced. There are "vacuum cleaner dings" to the foot facings however, no replacements. Although not original the brasses are period. Drawers within writing section of desk have been conserved; tightened


SKU: 621-188

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