Lady's writing desk

about 1849–54
Retailed by Charles A. Baudouine (active 1829–1854)

Object Place: Probably Paris, France


Overall: 102.2 x 80.6 x 45.1 cm (40 1/4 x 31 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ebonized poplar (cottonwood or aspen), painted and stencilled, with velvet and gilded decoration

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes


Stenciled label in link on left front drawer: "From C.A. Baudouine, / 335/ Broadway, New York"

Paper label in ink glued to inside of wide drawer front: "34 / NP RS / HOM[?]"

Paper label glued to outside of back: "BAUDOUINE'S / Fashionable Furniture & Upholstery / ESTABLISHMENT / 335 BROADWAY / NEW-YORK / [image of large buiilding identified as "335 / BAUDOUINE'S"] / Keeps constantly on hand the / Largest Assortment of Elegant Furniture / to be found in the United States"


Purchased by the Museum at Parke Bernet (PB84), New York, sale 714, Victorian International VII, October 24, 1979, lot 544 (Accession Date December 19, 1979)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the William N. Banks Foundation in memory of Laurie Crichton