The case with rectangular hinged lid featuring a leather vapor barrier affixed with brass
upholstery tacks…all within an applied molded edge, the interior fitted with a series of
seven valanced pigeonholes above three short-drawers, one with scrimshaw
escutcheon and original lock. The inside of the lid decoupaged with engravings
depicting “THE GREAT BATTLE OF WATERLOO,” “THE NEW LONDON BRIDGE AS
IT APPEARED AT THE OPENING BY HIS MAJESTY WILLIAM 4TH AUGT 1 1831,”
“THE CORONATION OF THEIR MAJESTIES WILLIAM & ADELAIDE SEPT 8 1831,” a
battle scene and a painted roundel surrounded by a border of cut-out hearts, inlaid on
the front with a diamond escutcheon above a heart flanked by stars, over a molded
serpentine and scroll-shaped base. (A great looking desk in wonderful surface, minor
imperfections consistent with age and use; wear to a couple lobes, ending-out to one
foot; secondary cleat/shoe and both secondary or inner feet on right side are
replaced… NOT the actual foot and skirt. (Height:14.25"; width: 27.5"; depth: 19.75")
The fall-front lid opens to expose five valanced cubies and a pair of document boxes
featuring block and turned, split and applied facings centering short drawer…flanked by
a pair of longer drawers. The above described resting on a pair of projecting drawers
incised to look like four drawers. The case with four overhanging thumb molded
graduated drawers is raised on a molded base resting on shaped bracket feet; the side
feet joined by ogee skirt, the front featuring a tripart lobed drop finial. NO lip restoration,
old fissure to right proper front foot as depicted; approximately 2-inches of one side foot
is pieced. The brass hardware and interior wood drawer pulls are not original, gramps
applied varnish to blooms near brasses caused by polishing. A very attractive desk in
surface, near perfect two-to-one proportions.
(Height: 41"; writing height: 31"; width: 36.25"; depth: 18")
The desk with single long drawer is seated on a frame featuring a terrific shaped apron
joining straight turned and tapering legs continuing to pad feet resting on the most
unusual discoidal platforms of which we have never encountered. The lid encloses eight
valanced cubies over stepped tiers containing three drawers each; interior retains
original red paint, hinges and drawer pulls.
(Height: 41.75"; writing height: 29"; width: 36"; depth: 17")
The generous overhanging top with molded front edge featuring scrolled back joining
stepdown tablet sides on a plain apron having single long drawer; the apron joining
turned legs. Excellent original condition, nice patina.
(Height: 30"; height to galley: 36"; width 41.25”; depth: 20")
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.
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.
A rare green-painted desk Box, the slant-top having large butterfly hinges attached with
rosehead nails is thumb-molded and features a bookrest. The slope opens to interior
fitted with four drawers of lap construction joined by wood pegs and rosehead nails:
original turned wood pulls and four cubbies. The case retaining original iron escutcheon
rests on a projecting and canted molded base. Early 19th century green paint over
original salmon paint.
According to consignor notes, this desk was passed down to the previous consignor
from their grandparents, who obtained the desk when they purchased the "Coffin
House" in Nantucket, Massachusetts in the 1940s.
Good condition congruent with age and use, approximately four inches of left proper
side moldings were relieved likely to accommodate an architectural corner post. [our
restoration expert can restore to perfection with matching surface].
(Height: 12"; width: 18.5"; depth: 18.25")
The fall-front opens to reveal a rare and outstanding interior. At the center are pilaster document drawers featuring fluted and tapering vertical columns on bases over conforming pen-drawers flanking a large concave drawer over two similarly carved/shaped drawers. Four cubbies with shaped dividers featuring blocked valances are above a pair of scalloped/blocked drawers resting on projecting single drawer twice the width of the previously described drawer…each side of the deep concave center section.
The case containing four graduated overhanging thumb molded drawers rests on a molded base raised on very good ogee feet. The drawer joinery displays extremely fine elongated dovetails related to Norwich and New London shop traditions; drawer sides [interior] are beautifully molded; a nicely shaped bracket joins the rear feet. The two-board sides are guaranteed not to separate due to shrinkage whereas the maker brilliantly inserted splines at the joint.
Early in the desks working life, a bookcase was divorced or married from lower case. It is possible that whereas the top board is cherry rather than pine…that the described was always a desk rather than a two-part secretary. We note that the wood [top] is not as richly oxidized as the case, lid and drawers as it was protected, see the tiny square period nail apertures that affixed the molding that received the top case. Second set of brasses in original borings. To honestly present this wonderful desk we have yet to color the top board or camouflage the little nail tracks. (This writer could easily live with the desk as-is; expert restoration available)
To view a closely related interior please refer to Connecticut Furniture – Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Wadsworth Athenium, 1967; page 75, object 167; a secretary displaying a less sophisticated although very similar interior from the Norwich Area. Also, page 38 of Contributions to Connecticut Cabinet Making by Houghton Bulkeley, a cherry secretary with a history of Norwich ownership courtesy of Winterthur.
(Width: 35.75”, height: 42.25”, depth: 20”, writing height: 29.75”)
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)
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")
The fall-front opening to interior featuring central prospect compartment beneath drawer flanked by short drawers above valanced cubie compartments. The bowed-case featuring four graduated drawers with cockbeaded moldings is raised on a conforming bowed base featuring a lobed drop with returns, inlaid with a leafy sprig (same as found on lid); the stylized cutout bracket feet are distinctive; this same foot is found on numerous other case pieces by noted cabinetmaker-Abiel White. (There are a couple imperfections to cockbeaded molding. H: 45"; W: 38"; D: 20"; writing H: 33.5")
This attractive southern Bristol County desk is constructed of dynamically figured curly maple throughout. The fitted interior features three-banks of vigorously grained sycamore faced drawers. Sycamore is commonly found in south coastal Massachusetts furniture and its use is a strong regional characteristic. The four graduated thumb-molded drawers are mounted with period brasses within the original borings, and pressed brass lock escutcheons. The case rests on beautiful ogee bracket feet stylistically inspired by nearby Rhode Island shop traditions. It should be noted that although the feet resemble those favored in Providence and Newport, they speak volumes; note the regions style and flair with their bold returns and platform base. The desk retains a rich old historic surface with a mellow patina that may be original. This desk remains in a very high state of originality; brasses are period replacements. We note that the brasses have been changed since the desk was photographed for book publication. We have the oval brasses as seen in book and will make them available if preferred by new owner.
The desk was acquired in the 1970’s from a home directly across the street from the Westport Fire Department and is illustrated in, “Harbor & Home; Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850”, Page 209, plate 71.2. It was also exhibited in the show relating to the volume, at Winterthur, Spring 2009.
(H: 42 3/8”, W: 38 5/8”, D: 19 7/8”.)
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")
A carved tiger maple desk featuring sloping thumb-molded lid opening to a stepped and compartmented interior containing valanced cubby holes and a fan-carved central drawer flanked by document drawers faced with turned half-columns; above, surmounted and flanked by other drawers; the case with base molding contains four long graduated thumb-molded drawers and is raised on scarcely encountered bandy (cabriole) legs with shaped returns resting on pad feet; all centering a shaped pendant. (Refinished surface; hinge mortice in lid restored; H: 42.25", writing H: 31.5", W: 36", D: 18.75")
The hinged sloping lid opens to reveal an interior having seven cubbies above seven conforming drawers over a projecting bank of three drawers; the case having three graduated, overhanging and thumb-molded fronts sits within a molded base featuring an interesting profile of lobes, returns and a fish-tail center drop; the whole raised on short bandy legs resting on slipper feet. (Brasses are period, yet not original, old surface, condition is generally very good and consistent with age and use; H: 43", writing H: 31.25", W: 36", D: 17.5")
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")
The fall front opens to reveal the interior prospect section with four drawers on each side centering four-cubbies above a leger/open section. The case with four graduated drawers is raised on French feet joined by valanced apron.
(H: 42", writing H: 31.5", W: 39", D: 19.5")
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")
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")
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.)
This slant-lid desk is a mere 33" 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"; writing height: 28.25"; width: 33"; depth: 18".)
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"; writing height: 29"; width: 33.25"; depth: 18.5".)
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"; width: 39.75"; depth: 18.5".)
The fall front opens to expose a simple interior featuring a sliding lid above a storage compartment; three thumb-molded drawers; the whole raised on a molded and applied bracket base.
Old refinish, minor imperfections; H: 37; writing H: 27"; W: 34.75"; D: 16.5".
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.)
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"; width: 37.5"; depth: 18.5".)
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".)
The slant lid opens to reveal fitted compartment having three dovetailed drawers, each retaining original brass pulls. The finely constructed case with a pair of long drawers is raised on tall bracket feet. The dry surface was probably painted at the height of the fancy period; nineteenth century faux graining over original blue. (Dimensions: 15.5" H, 17.25" W, 18" D.)
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.
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.
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.)
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"; width: 32"; depth: 18"; writing height: 28.5")
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"; writing height: 29.5"; width: 34.75"; depth: 18.5")
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"; writing height: 31"; width: 36.25"; depth: 18")
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" of the proper front right foot and 2.5" of the left front foot. (Width: 39"; depth: 20.75"; height: 43.5"; writing height: 32".)
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