Desk and Bookcase
Maker, attributed to: Daniel Spencer (1741–1796)
The imposing proportions of many American eighteenth-century case pieces give them a pronounced architectural character. On this desk and bookcase, the blocking on the drawer fronts continues through the concave and convex carved shells on the slant top of the desk and the doors of the bookcase. Fluted quarter-columns and a scrolled pediment with urn-shaped finials frame this facade. The desk was made for John Brown, a Providence, Rhode Island, merchant.
Mahogany; light-colored, possibly Honduran or Santo Domingan, mahogany; fluted quarter columns, cornice moldings, finials, front of writing slide and drawer dividers, base molding, feet, much darker, possibly Cuban, mahogany; interior of bookcase and sides, backs, and bottoms of pigeonhole valance drawers, American black cherry (previously published many times as yellow poplar); drawer linings, with one exception, other elements, chestnut; bottom of bottom desk drawer, other elements, eastern white pine; some repairs, yellow pine
107 1/4 × 44 11/16 × 25 3/16 in. (272.4 × 113.5 × 64 cm)
open: 37 3/8 in. (94.9 cm)
upper case: 39 5/8 × 12 5/8 in. (100.7 × 32.1 cm)
lower case: 41 5/8 × 23 3/16 in. (105.8 × 58.9 cm)
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Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
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