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PROPERTY FROM THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT AMERICANA COLLECTION OF GEORGE S. PARKER II FROM THE CAXAMBAS FOUNDATION

Very Rare Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Desk-and-Bookcase, New York, circa 1765
Estimate
15,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD
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1524

PROPERTY FROM THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT AMERICANA COLLECTION OF GEORGE S. PARKER II FROM THE CAXAMBAS FOUNDATION

Very Rare Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Desk-and-Bookcase, New York, circa 1765
Estimate
15,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Americana

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New York

Very Rare Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Desk-and-Bookcase, New York, circa 1765
top drawers re-veneered, door panels replaced.
Height 101 in. by Width 47 in. by Depth 24 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York.

Catalogue Note

This remarkable piece is one of the few surviving Colonial New York desk-and-bookcases.  From its beautiful pagoda-like flattened bonnet to its masterfully carved ball-and-claw feet this secretary stands as a monument of Colonial New York cabinetry. A very closely related piece is in the collection of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (see Clement E. Conger and Alexandra W. Rollins, Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State, (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1991), p. 187, no. 98). Another desk-and-bookcase from the same shop was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 1957 (see V. Isabelle Miller,  Furniture by New York Cabinetmakers: 1650 to 1860, (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1956), p. 37, no. 48).  This desk-and-bookcase originally belonged to Dr. John Bard (1716-1799) the progenitor of John Bard who founded Bard College.  It unfortunately appears to be lacking its original detachable bonnet unlike the currently offered lot which still retains it.

Important Americana

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New York