This desk and the paintings nearby all speak to the highly international nature of the market for fine and decorative arts in the 18th century. The desk, for example, was manufactured in Boston by the Boston Bay Cabinet Shop just prior to the American Revolution, yet it also demonstrates the popularity of the English Chippendale style in this country. Elements such as the heavily-knuckled ball and claw feet, squat, curving legs and the undulating front drawers (called a block front) are all hallmarks of this style. In general, American Chippendale furniture had less ornamentation and was more robust in stature than examples from the workshops of English manufacturers.
mahogany, white pine
Measurements: height: 44.5 inches width: 47 inches depth: 25 inchesGift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon, III 1991.58.1
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN