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Desk

1700–1735

Mahogany, eastern white pine, yellow poplar, and red gum or black gum

106.9 x 102.2 x 55.4 cm (42 1/16 x 40 1/4 x 21 13/16 in.)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2323
Desks were first produced on the Eastern Seaboard about 1720. Sometimes topped by a bookcase, slant-front desks have an interior fitted with pigeonholes, drawers, and frequently a secret compartment for small valuable items. This form remained in fashion until the end of the eighteenth century. This mahogany desk exemplifies the rich, baroque style of the Delaware River Valley.
Geography: 
Made in Pennsylvania
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Status: 
By appointment
Bibliography: 

Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 289, 292, 294–95, no. 152, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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