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VERY FINE AND RARE QUEEN ANNE RED STAINED MAPLE AND BIRCHWOOD SLANT-FRONT DESK-ON-FRAME, PROBABLY CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1760

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 USD

VERY FINE AND RARE QUEEN ANNE RED STAINED MAPLE AND BIRCHWOOD SLANT-FRONT DESK-ON-FRAME, PROBABLY CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1760

VERY FINE AND RARE QUEEN ANNE RED STAINED MAPLE AND BIRCHWOOD SLANT-FRONT DESK-ON-FRAME, PROBABLY CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1760

Estimate:

8,000 - 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

21,250

USD

VERY FINE AND RARE QUEEN ANNE RED STAINED MAPLE AND BIRCHWOOD SLANT-FRONT DESK-ON-FRAME, PROBABLY CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1760


The upper section with a rectangular top above a hinged rectangular lid opening to an interior fitted with five valanced pigeonholes, four short drawers and a well with sliding lid; the lower section with a projecting molding and cyma-shaped skirt below on turned tapering legs and disk feet; appears to retain its original red-stained crackled finish and cast brass hardware.

Height 37 ½ in. by Width 30 ¼ in. by Depth 16 ½ in.

In overall fine condition appearing to retain its original red-stained crackled finish and cast brass hardware. The top with a minor dent proper left center of front edge and some ink spots through out and in the interior. Triangular repair on bottom of slant lid above proper left hinge. The interior drawers with some replaced nails. The far proper left drawer with lock holes added later. Iron locks and hinges with multiple campaigns of replacements. The center lock on the lid appears to be period but is likely a replacement. Some minor paint loss on the skirt. Secondary wood: white pine.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Israel Sack, Inc., New York;

Jess Pavery, Birmingham, Michigan;

Sotheby's New York, Important Americana from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, January 20, 1996, sale 6801, lot 40;

Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut.

Joan Barzilay Freund, Masterpieces of Americana: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, (New York; London: Sotheby's Books, 1995), p. 87.

This form is a precursor of the slant-front desk and is an exceptional example of this early two-part form. A closely related desk once in the George Alfred Cluett colelction is now in the collection of Historic Deerfield (acc. no. HD 2001.29.9). Another related desk is illustrated in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 9 (Alexandria, VA: Highland House Publishers, 1989), 2467.