Requires Photography

Deaccessioned December 19, 2013

Desk

about 1870–80


Object Place: Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 82.6 x 149.9 x 75.2 cm (32 1/2 x 59 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1993.947

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, chestnut, birch, yellow-poplar, tiger maple, other unidentified woods, leather

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

Rectangular desk with top covered with recessed leather cover and with carved edge; front with a central drawer above a kneehole recess, flanked by tiers of three drawers, with the top drawer in each tier fitted with a lock and of shorter height, and with the bottom two drawers of equal size and fitted with a round wooden pull; each drawer front with floral carving against a stippled background; central drawer with winged griffins flanking a shield-shaped escutcheon; the desk sides contain a top panel carved with three roundels with floral carving above a lower panel carved with griffins flanking a shield; the upper part of the desk back contains three panels in line, with the side panels carved with gargoyles and the center panel with two cherubs and columns, outlined with a guilloche border; the stiles of the back are carved with masks; the base molding includes a shallow cove molding above an egg-and-dart molding above a base carved with athemia.

Inscription

Drawers and drawer blades are numbered in pencil 1 through 6.

Provenance

Early history unknown, but may have been owned by Philip H. Sears and his descendants; 1967, acquired by the donors when they purchased the Second Harrison Gray Otis House, 85 Mount Vernon Street, Boston; 1993, Gift of Nancy G. Myers and Lawrence Coolidge (accession date: January 26, 1994); December 19, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy G. Myers and Lawrence Coolidge