A Chippendale cherrywood secretary desk-and-bookcase probably Massachusetts late 18th century
Interior small drawer stamped three times E.SMITH. height 88 3/4in (225.5cm); width of cornice 38in (98cm); depth of base molding 21in (53.2cm)
This desk-and-bookcase was undoubtedly made by the same maker of a Federal work table bearing the identical stamp and sold at Sotheby's, New York, October 9, 2007, lot 498. Though his precise identity is unknown, he was highly skilled as a cabinetmaker and this desk-and-bookcase features a sophisticated interior section with stepped short drawers, scalloped valances and a shell-carved prospect door.
Tempting as it may be to attribute this desk-and-bookcase to Eliakim Smith (1735-1775), this piece demonstrates neither the construction practices associated with his shop nor the decorative elements that are a hallmark of the body of work attributed to him.
Provenance: Burdet Oelschlegel, Terryville, CT Marcia Ormondroyd, Burlingame, CA
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