Object Place: New England, United States
Overall: 98.4 x 85.7 x 49.8 cm (38 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Walnut veneer on pine
Edward W. and L. Linder Lombard Gallery (Gallery 138A)
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.
Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler