Fine Authenticated American Antiques



Chippendale Figured Mahogany Reverse-Serpentine Front Bonnet-Top Desk-and-Bookcase

Fine Chippendale Figured Mahogany Reverse-Serpentine Front Bonnet-Top Secretarial Desk having a broken arch top with enclosed bonnet, original pinwheel rosettes, original turned and carved spiral finials, a carved sunburst centering the scroll board, two paneled doors with scalloped inside borders and fluted pilasters, candle slides, a blocked and three fan carved interior with central bank of drawers flanked by document drawers and pigeon holes, a nicely shaped lower case with four graduated drawers, beaded drawer dividers and ogee bracket feet centered by a carved dropped pendant.

Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1770.

Secondary wood:  white pine.

Height 89 (7' 5), width 42 , depth 22.


Provenance:  Gift from Mrs. Russell Sage to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909.

Literature:  Colonial Furniture In America by Luke Vincant Lockwood, page 266, plate 288;  American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pages 275 & 276, item 188.

Item 4958

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