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.