Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 25
113.66 x 104.14 x 56.83 cm (44 3/4 x 41 x 22 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, white pine
Norma and Roger Alfred Saunders Gallery (Gallery 128)
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.
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.
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts