Desk and Bookcase

A work made of mahogany, red oak, and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany, red oak, and white pine.

Date:

1750/70

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Boston

About this artwork

This desk and bookcase is closely related to English furniture of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The naturalistic carving on the top of the bookcase section recalls English architectural carvings of the seventeenth century. Almost all brass fittings on 18th-century American furniture were imported from England or Europe. The original and distinctive brass hardware on this piece, however, may have been made in Boston by one of the few brass foundries known to operate in the colonies.

On View

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Desk and Bookcase

Origin

Boston

Date

1750–1770

Medium

Mahogany, red oak, and white pine

Dimensions

238.7 × 104.8 × 61 cm (94 × 41 1/2 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Fund

Reference Number

1986.414

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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