The formal writing desk was a new form of furniture in the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn how this form of furniture evolved in America and explore some of the remarkable objects linked to the Founding Fathers and early writers of the Revolutionary period, like poet Phyllis Wheatley.

Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts


Above: George Bright, Desk and bookcase, about 1770–85. 56.1194. Mahogany, white pine, glass. Bequest of Miss Charlotte Hazen.

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