Cylinder Desk and BookcaseMade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Mahogany with mahogany, satinwood, and maple veneers; light and dark wood stringing; white pine, yellow poplar, brass, glass, ivory
2004-81-1Purchased with the Fiske Kimball Fund and the John T. Morris Fund, 2004
LabelThe design of this commodious desk and bookcase is based directly on plate 39 of Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet Dictionary (London, 1803), where he says, "I took the idea of it from one I have seen executed." It is made in separate parts: pediment, bookcase, desk, and cabinet. The turned ball-and-spade-shaped feet, taken literally from Sheraton's design, are highly unusual on American case pieces and represent the art of specialist turners working in Philadelphia in the early years of the republic.
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