EXCEPTIONAL WILLIAM AND MARY WALNUT AND MAPLE CHILD'S SLANT FRONT DESK, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1720
appears to retain its original surface and cast and engraved brass hardware; the maple sides are grain painted.
Height 23 1/2 in. by Width 19 1/4 in. by Depth 12 1/8 in.
William 'Willy' Richmond, Greenwich, Connecticut;
Acquired by William Richmond’s brother, Jacob Richmond, who was a prominent attorney in western Massachusetts. Jacob and his family resided in a large Historic Home built in 1791 by General Alexander Field, and the present lot (as well as another important Child’s Desk, lot 1420, were part of an important collection of American furniture formed by Jacob Richmond and his wife primarily during the 1950s and 1960s from the advice of his brother William. The present desk has remained in the "period rooms" of the Richmond residence In Massachusetts for nearly 60 years until its arrival in New York for the current auction;
by descent to his son, Robert Richards, the current owner.