Ex Collection of Timothy Pickering, Salem, Massachusetts; Skinner, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, November 6, 2005, lot 149.
Another slant-front desk attributed to William King from The Collection of the Late Mrs. George Maurice Morris was sold at Christie's New York on January 22, 1983 (lot 310), and displays a similar gadrooning carved at the top of the bracket foot. The Morris example is also illustrated in Antiques (November 1944, p. 262) as the frontispiece for the magazine. On the opposite page of the Morris example (p. 263) there is a chest of drawers attributed to King that displays a near identical decorative drop as well as the gadrooning to the feet.
In overall fine condition. Wear, discoloration and minor losses to edges commensurate with age and use. Some light glue residue and old age splits visible at the junction of some of the feet and decorative returns. Approximately 5" of the upper beading in the proper right corner of the top drawer is patched. There is a 1" loss to the proper right side of the beaded edge of the bottom drawer. The fall front hinges are replaced, and there are two associated 1" x 2" patches to the lid and writing surface to the inside of the hinge. There is an old loss of two of the carved knuckles to the interior of the proper right front foot.
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