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Fine and Rare Diminutive Chippendale Inlaid Cherrywood and Butternut Slant-Front Desk-and-Bookcase on Frame, probably Hartford County, Connecticut or Hampshire County, Massachusetts, circa 1785

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Margaret P. Gregory

Fine and Rare Diminutive Chippendale Inlaid Cherrywood and Butternut Slant-Front Desk-and-Bookcase on Frame, probably Hartford County, Connecticut or Hampshire County, Massachusetts, circa 1785

Fine and Rare Diminutive Chippendale Inlaid Cherrywood and Butternut Slant-Front Desk-and-Bookcase on Frame, probably Hartford County, Connecticut or Hampshire County, Massachusetts, circa 1785

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

18,900

USD

Property from the Estate of Margaret P. Gregory

Fine and Rare Diminutive Chippendale Inlaid Cherrywood and Butternut Slant-Front Desk-and-Bookcase on Frame

probably Hartford County, Connecticut or Hampshire County, Massachusetts

circa 1785


Height 76 in. by Width 40 in. by Depth 21 in.

Of small diminutive size. With general overall marks, nicks, surface scratches, tiny losses and repairs as to be expected with age and use. Scattered age cracks. Old repair to proper right front knee return. Strong oxidation lines on desk bottom board correlating with the cross braces on frame. Pendant drop on frame intact and original. Original panels in uppercase appear to be butternut or birchwood.


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Ginsburg & Levy, New York.
With stop fluted columns, candle slides, inlaid prospect drawer, step interior, pierced cast brass hardware and separate support frame, this desk-and-bookcase-on-frame is the product of a very ambitious Connecticut River Valley cabinetmaker.  Tangentially related desk-on-frame’s have been attributed to Suffield, Connecticut area (see Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman with Robert Lionetti, Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), pp. 338-9, nos. 153-4 and Charles S. Bissell, Antique Furniture in Suffield Connecticut 1670-1835, (East Hartford, CT: Connecticut Historical Society, 1956), p. 53, pls. 25-6).  A desk-and-bookcase-on-frame in the collection of Historic Deerfield, made in Conway, Massachusetts, also relates (see Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield, (New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1976), p. 238, fig 476).