Sewing Desk, Shaker
Attributed to Henry Green (1844–1931)
Object Place: Alfred, Maine
Overall: 99.1 x 79.7 x 64.5 cm (39 x 31 3/8 x 25 3/8in.) Remeasured 12/10/12 (GH in Furniture Cons Lab) and measurements updated.
Medium or Technique
Maple, birch, pine, cherry, black walnut, butternut; original red stained/painted finish
Not On View
Panel framed case stands on turned and tapered legs. Two tier desk with recessed top section composed of six drawers (three sets of two over two) with round wooden knobs above the work surface. The lower section is composed of three small drawers on left and three large drawers on right all with round wooden knobs. A sliding work board rests just under the work surface with white, porcelain pulls and has a flower painted on its top surface. Red stain to entire surface, yellow paint on drawer fronts.
About 1840-1850, probably made by Henry Green, Alfred, ME.; used by Eldress Jennie Mathers (b. 1877 – d. 1946) of the Shaker Society, Sabbathday Lake, Me.; 1953, sold by Sister Eleanor Philbrick of the Shaker Society to Dr. J. J. G. McCue, Lexington, Mass.; September 8, 2012, McCue collection sale, Willis Henry Auctions, Pittsfield, Mass., lot 35, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)
Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund