Desk

about 1760–80


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 25

Dimensions

113.66 x 104.14 x 56.83 cm (44 3/4 x 41 x 22 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

39.87

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

On View

Norma and Roger Alfred Saunders Gallery (Gallery 128)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

Many of Copley’s patrons owned costly household objects, including silver and such impressive examples of Boston furniture as this blockfront, mahogany desk fitted with large brasses and standing on graceful, hairy-paw feet. Merchants and ministers often owned such desks, whose interiors are fitted with drawers and pigeonholes to house documents and writing materials.

Provenance

Early history unknown. Purchased in 1935 for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts" from Miss Kipper for $3,500; Kipper may have gotten it at the Sack sale for $2,800.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts