Desk and bookcase

about 1836–55
J. & J. W. Meeks (American, active 1836–1859)

Object Place: New York, New York


Overall (approximate): 233.7 x 132.1 x 61 cm, 156.49 kg (92 x 52 x 24 in., 345 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, satinwood (interior), pine (secondary wood), and velvet-covered writing surface.

On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)




Case furniture and boxes

Desk and bookcase comes apart in two pieces. Also contains two removable shelves, one key.

Gothic traceries on the glass doors and lower cabinet doors enliven the otherwise restrained classical form of this monumental desk and bookcase. Labeled by J. & J. W. Meeks, one New York’s most prolific furniture-making firms of the mid-nineteenth century, the fine materials and workmanship of this piece place it in the top tier of the firm’s production.


"Mr. T. Lockwood Perry" on top of lower case


Signed (with stencil, on the inside of an interior drawer): J. & J.W. Meeks / MAKERS / No.14 Vesey St. / NEW YORK


early history unknown, although possibly owned by Mr. T. Lockwood Perry, whose name appears on the desk; collection of David Marshall, Brooklyn, New York; 2009, sold by Marshall to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund