Interpretive Resource

Artwork and Artist Information: <em>Desk and Bookcase</em>

Artwork and Artist Information: Desk and Bookcase

In the early 1700s, wealthy merchants and land speculators, eager to demonstrate their advanced positions within the colony, commissioned craftsmen to make elegant pieces of furniture for their impressive homes. The more complex the design, the more craftsmen required to construct it, and the Art Institute's desk and bookcase display the work of several individuals. Includes discussion questions and classroom activity suggestions.

18th century, American, furniture


Elementary, High School, Middle School
Art from Many Places, Art Traditions of the United States, Learning about America through Art

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