Desk

About 1710–20


Object Place: New England, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 55

Dimensions

Overall: 98.4 x 85.7 x 49.8 cm (38 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

32.248

Medium or Technique

Walnut veneer on pine

On View

Edward W. and L. Linder Lombard Gallery (Gallery 138A)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

George Jaffrey’s 1749 inventory lists among the “Household Furniture In the Parlour” an “Escrutore,” valued at £30-the highest value of any item in the parlor. An escritoir (or desk) often had a fall-front lid and contained compartments for documents and writing implements. This new furniture form was popular among New England merchants and businessmen as a place to conduct business and to store important papers.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler