Attributed to Nathaniel Gould (American, 1734–1781)

Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 27


Overall: 111.8 x 97.8 x 61 cm (44 x 38 1/2 x 24 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes


Ink inscription on bottom of central drawer inside:

"This desk is supposed to have been built in . . . /
It was the property of . . . Emerson /
Was bought of Thomas Emerson his . . . /
By Sidney A. Merriam 1874 /
Fell to Arthur A. Merriam Aug. 14, 1874"

Bought of Mrs. Merriam 1939
Chalk inscription on side of top left interior drawer: [arithmatic equation]


Possibly made for a member of the Emerson family (see inscription); by descent to a Thomas Emerson; bought from him in 1874 by Sidney A. Merriam; "fell to" Arthur A. Merriam, August 14, 1874; presumably by descent to his wife; purchased in New York in 1939 from Mrs. Merriam for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts; given in 1941. (Accession date: September 11, 1941)

Credit Line

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