SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890

SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890
SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890
SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890
SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890

SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890
The country’s largest collection of fine Classical & Colonial Furniture… Just steps from the RISD Museum & John Brown House. Tel (401) 272.3200. Tollfree (888) 884.5336. A Carved Mahogany Chippendale Kneehole Desk, New York, c. 1890, labeled Sypher & Co. Sypher and Company was like the Hagen Brothers at the turn of the century in New York, producing the finest cabinetwork in New York, and perhaps anywhere else in America. Ernest Hagen actually bought Phyfe’s tools, etc. And was a follower in his tradition. This desk retains a portion of its original label, though we were unable to decipher the maker until we found a matching complete label, shown below. Although we knew it was a fabulously hand-made piece of the best quality and materials, which, to most people, except the expert, would be deemed of the period (1780). The labeled piece we found is exhibited in the Pendleton House collection of the Rhode Island School of Design. The piece itself has exceptional claw and ball feet with carved knees. The quality is equal to the best of any period example. Interestingly, the shell in the middle of this piece is a magnificently carved Victorian expression of the Chippendale shell which immediately tells one it is 1890 and not 1790Sypher was not trying to fool anyone. I imagine this desk wouldn’t have been terribly valuable at the end of the 19th century if it were period and therefore about 100 years old. At any rate, many very wealthy people in New York had furniture from their family handed down and wanted compatible pieces to fill out rooms, etc. We have left this piece in “as-found” condition with much of its original surface, and its original label on the back. The brasses are original. Width: 37 1/2 in. All offerings are in fine condition with no major repairs or replacements unless otherwise indicated in description. Item must be insured in full. The item “SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890″ is in sale since Saturday, September 5, 2009. This item is in the category “Antiques\Furniture\Desks & Secretaries\Pre-1800″. The seller is “stanleyweiss” and is located in Providence, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Type: Desks & Secretaries
  • Style: Chippendale
  • Region of Origin: America
  • Age: 1800-1899

SWC-Carved Chippendale style Kneehole Desk, c. 1890