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Tambour Writing Table

1790-1805
Made for Robert Waln, (American, 1765–1836)
Desired for their technically innovative ability to roll open, tambour tops are formed by gluing long, narrow molding strips of mahogany to linen. Robert Waln, a wealthy merchant, originally owned this desk and likely purchased it from Daniel Trotter or Trotter's son-in-law and successor, Ephraim Haines. The candle arms are not marked and could have been acquired from a local Philadelphia silversmith or from one of many British suppliers....

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