Massachusetts or possibly New Hampshire, circa 1770
Cherry with white pine secondary wood and light and dark hardwood inlays, original iron hinges, period cast brass handles and escutcheons, steel locks, height 43 ¾ inches, width 38 inches, depth 18 ¼ inches. It bears a series of period chalk markings on the sides of interior drawers. The side of the proper right interior document drawer is inscribed in pencil “J. C. Carr. / Amesbury / Aug 10 1865”
This is the supreme example of a New England Queen Anne bandy legged slant from desk, which Albert Sack designated a masterpiece in his 1993 bookThe New Fine Points of Furniture Early American, noting that “This desk shows the creative imagination of a skilled designer combined with excellent craftsmanship. The inetrio0r is formed by complex rows of concave and convex blocked drawers centered by fan-and-spiral-rosette carved motifs. The cabriole legs are finely modeled and the cyma shaping of the knee brackets is repeated on the central pendant carved. The desk lid is centered by a compass star inlay.”
John S. Walton, Inc., New York, New York, 1960;
Israel Sack, Inc., New York, New York, 1961;
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1961-2013;
Advertisement for John S. Walton, Inc., The Magazine Antiques, April 1960, p. 318;
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection Vol. I, p. 191, no. 486;
James F. Jensen, “Eighteenth-and early nineteenth–century American Furniture at the Honolulu Academy of Arts,” The Magazine Antiques, May 1978, p. 1090, Fig. 8.
Walter A. Backofin, Some Queen Anne Furniture From New Hampshire’s Federal Period, Identified with help from Peter Bartlett (1788-1838) MD of Salisbury (East Plainfield, NH: Lord Timothy Dexter Press, 1988), p. 37, fig. 14.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture Early American, Good, Better, Best, Superior, Masterpiece (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), p. 150, as “Masterpiece.”