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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. - SOLD


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”.

SOLD

745-157




A Fine Connecticut Desk and Bookcase, Mahogany, Original Signed Hardware
Likely the Original Surface
Date/Period: 1791-1803 - SOLD


A Fine Connecticut Desk and Bookcase, Mahogany, Original Signed Hardware Likely the Original Surface, entire view

Measurement: Case width: 41 7/8” Height: 94 ½” Depth: 21 5/8” (at foot).

Material: Mahogany, secondary wood: white pine

Condition: Generally excellent, commensurate with age and use. There are minor
repaired breaks to the rear foot facings. The keyhole escutcheon on the lid is an old
replacement. There are old, repaired cracks to the pediment and both battens, all else
fine…displays beautifully. Again, the desk is in exceptional condition, with typical
abrasions and wear associated with an eighteenth century piece. The finish is
outstanding elevating the importance and interest of the piece, as very few formal case
pieces of the eighteenth century display such a surface.

Additional Information: This desk and bookcase (or secretary desk), which was found
in a Connecticut estate, survives in an extraordinary state of preservation, retaining a
very early, dry surface that is likely original. It also retains the original pressed-brass
drawer pulls, made by the Birmingham firm of Hands & Jenkins. The handles are
signed, “H. J.” (for Thomas Hands and William Jenkins, 1791-1803). Signed hardware is
a feature that is uncommon, but sought-after by collectors of American furniture.
The ogee feet are original and in excellent condition…the prominent spurs are within
Connecticut shop traditions. The original applied scroll pediment, terminating in carved
rosettes, retains the original turned wooden finial, an element that rarely survives. The
lid features its original hinges and lock. The bookcase shelves are accommodated by
slotted case sides, [two adjustable shelves]. Remarkably, the desk retains the original
lock, hinges, and escutcheons, and still shows the original red wash on the interior.

SOLD

270-177




Chippendale Inlaid Desk and Bookcase,
School of Nathan Lumbard Southern Worcester
County, Possibly Sutton, Massachusetts
Date/Period: 1790 - SOLD


Chippendale Inlaid Desk and Bookcase, Possibly Nathan Lumbard
Southern Worcester County, Possibly Sutton, Massachusetts, entire view 1

Measurement: Height 82 5/8”; Width 44.75”; Depth 22

Material: Cherrywood with contrasting light and dark wood inlays.
Secondary woods are white pine and poplar

Condition: The desk survives with typical minor wear and inlay repairs consistent with age and
use. There are several patches to the cock-beading, lid, and inlays. The slant lid hinges are
replacements with associated patches. Several glue blocks on the feet are replaced. There is
evidence of ancient, inactive pesting, mostly to the feet. Brass hardware is replaced. The
prospect door and one interior drawer are replaced. The surface is a pleasing, modern finish.

Additional Information: This important cherry desk and bookcase features the exuberant use of pattern inlays
associated with the Lumbard-school of furniture making from the Sutton, Massachusetts area.
The desk bears similarities to furniture made by Nathan Lumbard, as well as his master,
Sturbridge, Massachusetts cabinetmaker, Oliver Wight. Nathan Lumbard (1777-1847) has long
been associated with high style rural furniture, often executed in cherry, with extensive inlays,
such as these. Formerly referenced as, “Lombard” his work, and that of a small circle of related
craftsman is well documented in the landmark 2018 publication by Christie Jackson, Brock Jobe
and Clark Pearce, entitled, Crafting Excellence, the Furniture of Nathan Lumbard and his Circle.
This desk was examined and carefully documented for the study by the scholars. The portion of
the book that would cover this piece was the responsibility of Brock Jobe. According to Mr.
Jobe, the desk relates very closely to the work of Oliver Wight and Nathan Lumbard, although
he fell short of making a solid attribution to one or the other. It was Mr. Jobe’s intention to
include the desk in the publication, as an example produced by an unknown member of
Lumbard’s circle. Ultimately, limited space did not allow for its inclusion in the book.

The raised, bookcase top has a flared cornice molding above a pair of paneled doors. The
doors are richly inlaid with paterae at each corner of the frame above bell flowers and bookend
bottom corners. This molded frame centers a line inlaid panel with quarter fans at each corner
framing a large oval paterae. The doors also feature overall line inlaid decoration. Below the
cabinet doors is a single candle slide that is constructed of a thick slab of pine with an inlay
decorated cherry front. The doors open to a bookcase with adjustable shelves over five
portioned cubbies. The bookcase rests on a slant front desk; the lid inlaid with quarter fans and
a large oval paterae. The lid opens to a fitted interior featuring four cubbies over two short and
one long drawer flanking a central prospect section. This prospect section centers a pair of
vertical document drawers with bookend inlay at each side of a removable fitted compartment
that reveals four secret shelves. The desk is above four graduated long drawers with quarter fan
inlay and brass hardware. The front corners of the desk have fluted quarter columns with turned
capitals and bases. The base rests on a molding above tall ogee bracket feet with shaped
returns. This wonderful example of federal furniture features bold paterae inlays and abundant
inlaid flourishes, making it one of the more elaborate furniture pieces made in the region.

SOLD

270-162




Secretary, Federal Bureau Bookcase, Fall Front Writing Surface
North Shore, Massachusetts, Circa 1800 to 1820
Brasses appear to be and original
Mahogany and figured maple - SOLD


Secretary, Federal Bureau Bookcase, Fall Front Writing Surface
North Shore, Massachusetts, Circa 1800 to 1820, entire view

A very attractive piece that is ready for use; the below mentioned losses and minor imperfections commensurate with age and use. Finials appear to be replaced. Chip to front corner of right wafer on finial plinth. Left finial plinth cleaned on inside for re-securing left-side cornice; left side door with crack to interior lancet arch glazing. Left side interior short drawer lacking knob and replaced with screw; right short drawer with knob that is loose. Patch to face of large central short drawer within interior section; some typical and minor shrinkage cracks to veneer and inlay. The lower section with shrinkage cracks to case sides with some filler strips added. There are some losses to corners of lower backboard. There is a small patch to right front corner of mid-molding; losses to baize writing surface; patches to bottom edge of stationary writing surface at hinges. Some patches to banding on fall board. There are some losses, patches and wear to veneer on apron. Crack and repair to right rear side of apron; small surface patch to back edge on lower portion of left case side. (82.5" H, 40.75" W, 20" D)

843-242 - SOLD




New Hampshire, Bookcase on Three-Drawer Chest, Superbly Inlaid, Original Brasses FAN INLAID HEPPLEWHITE SECRETARY BUREAU, CIRCA 1790-1810 Likely Concord or Central New Hampshire, Circle of George Rogers or Levi Bartlett This urban piece features integrated, patterned, and plain inlays & original surface Birch, White Pine…original surface - SOLD


New Hampshire, Bookcase on Three-Drawer Chest, Superbly Inlaid, Original Brasses FAN INLAID HEPPLEWHITE SECRETARY BUREAU, CIRCA 1790-1810, entire view

The bookcase with projecting and inlaid top features a pair of fielded panel doors displaying center inlay; mortice and tenon joined fielded panel doors also feature conforming string inlay joined by quarter-fans. The top of lower case, also projecting, features handmade inlay withinits edge; the case containing three graduated drawers featuring inlays that conform to paneled doors is joined by square inlayed stiles continuing to tapered-legs displaying matching inlays. The doors open to an interior offering a fullwidth bookshelf above a ledger compartment having corner-bracket…flanked by drawers below which is found nine valanced cubbies. Overall condition is fine, very nice patina; a most unusual form, perhaps unique special order. Found within the desk is a very old piece of toned paper identifying an owner: “Miss Lydia A. Cobb – Littleton, NH”, Lydia was a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Littleton during the 1880s. A trust fund in the amount of $143.95 was established as the Lydia A. Cobb, Cemetery Lot Fund on January 1, 1948. (20 x 41 x 53.5")

859-4 - SOLD




Desk, Secretary, Federal Step Back, Inlayed Doors above Case of Drawers
Massachusetts, Likely North Shore; Salem Area, Circa 1810
Mahogany, solid and veneers, inlays, pine secondary wood, old surface - SOLD


Desk, Secretary, Federal Step Back, Inlayed Doors above Case of Drawers
Massachusetts, Likely North Shore; Salem Area, Circa 1810, entire view

Slightly projecting top over a pair of cross-banded and inlaid doors opening to interior fitted to accommodate ledgers flanked by valanced cubby compartments and drawers. The top section over fold-out writing section and three long drawers; the whole on ring-turned and reeded legs joined by valanced apron banded with inlay.
(Minor imperfections; H: 49", writing H: 29.5", W: 40.5", D: 19")

1100-10 - SOLD




Antique Secretary, Country Federal Desk and Bookcase, Two Part, Three Section
Northern New England, Probably New Hampshire or Maine
Circa 1825
Flame birch, bird's eye maple, pine and basswood - SOLD


Antique Secretary, Country Federal Desk and Bookcase, Two Part, Three Section
Northern New England, Probably New Hampshire or Maine
Circa 1825, entire view

A Sheraton two-part secretary bookcase, the top section with solid birds eye maple doors featuring narrow gothic panels centered by reeded moldings opening to a three-shelf interior above a middle section of two doors revealing six valanced pigeonholes and six drawers beneath a long shelf; all above the lower section with fall-front writing surface; the flap retaining original green baize within tooled leather that rests on lopers, over a case of three graduated drawers retaining original turned wood pulls, and featuring cross-banded inlay; the case raised on turned legs integral to reeded stiles. In generally excellent condition, very minor imperfections consistent with age; loper pulls replaced. (Overall H: 79.75", writing H: 30", top W: 36.25", top D: 11.25", bottom W: 38", bottom D: 20")

572-48 - SOLD




Country Secretary Desk and Bookcase on Frame, Broken Arch Pediment
Carved Fans and Scrolls, Steep and Full Bonnet Top, Intricately Molded
Connecticut
Circa 1760 to 1780
Country whimsy at its best
Maple, cherry and white pine - SOLD


Country Secretary Desk and Bookcase on Frame, Broken Arch Pediment
Carved Fans and Scrolls, Steep and Full Bonnet Top, Intricately Molded
Connecticut
Circa 1760 to 1780, entire view

In three parts, bookcase, desk, and frame, beautifully molded cornice surmounted by original turned and fluted finials above a pair of conforming shaped panel doors flanked by fluted pilasters on stepped plinths (some punch-molded); the lower section; slant lid over four graduated thumb-molded drawers resting within a superbly molded base featuring carved and scrolled spurs centering fan carved center lobe drop final, the whole raised on bandy legs resting on claw and ball feet. The interior features nine cubbyholes beneath lobed valance; nine small drawers, three fan-carved, all set within bold compound molding containing hidden coin drawer. The back of lower case is fitted to accommodate the paneled and molded architectural features of a room's interior allowing the bookcase to be placed directly on the wall. Replaced brasses, minor imperfections, call or e-mail David. (Overall H: 84"; desk H: 45"; writing H: 33.25"; bottom case W: 35"; bottom case D: 20.5"; upper W: 35"; upper D: 12.25")

556-52 - SOLD




Chippendale
Cherry Oxbow Serpentine Desk Bookcase
Connecticut River Valley...probably Deerfield/Greenfield
Circa 1780 - SOLD


Chippendale
Cherry Oxbow Serpentine Desk Bookcase
Connecticut River Valley...probably Deerfield/Greenfield
Circa 1780, entire view

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"; width: 41.25"; depth: 21.5".)

410-12 - SOLD





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