Chippendale carved and figured mahogany slant-front desk. Molded hinged lid opening to a fitted interior with three concave shelves, block small drawers, and secret drawers with arched fronts. Central prospect door opens to a fitted interior above a well with sliding cover, the case with four thumb molded and graduated long drawers above a molded base and ogee bracket feet. Brass rosettes with bail handles hardware.Signature of John Townsend inscribed on bottom. Brass hardware stamped "I Gold."
Newport, Rhode Island
mahogany, brass, secondary woods: cedar, chestnut, pine
Overall: 41 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (105.4 x 94.6 x 52.1 cm)
Purchased at Sotheby's, January 23rd, 2010, sale 8608, lot 474. Dr. Clarence Zimmerman; Previous at Harry Arons, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1968.
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