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 Chippendale Serpentine Mahogany Slant-top Desk, Boston, c. This interesting desk is composed of wonderful wood throughout. It retains its first surface, which does not always bring out the mahoganys inherent qualities. While the mahogany is of the same tree, the cabinetmaker selected the areas where the fiddle curl was prominent for best display, see the top board and feet and top drawer of desk. The top lid and prospect door show a good composition around the slab cut of mahogany. Note the hinges and locks are absolutely first and unaltered. It is interesting to note that this desk, with its inlaid prospect door and serpentine front, relates to work done by Benjamin Frothingham, (see two examples from Boston Furniture of the 18th Century : shown below). It is also interesting to note that Frothingham was known for his use of exotic woods. Wood quality aside, this desk exhibits the hand of a superb craftsman, specifically, the top board is “blind dovetailed” into the case, full drawer blades are used to separate the drawers, the sides are each of a single board, and unusually, the backboard is fully glued and has pulled away from the sides due to shrinkage, rather than cracking in the center. Note also the old Rosehead nails. The feet are an interesting form usually seen on grand secretaries wherein the sides are curved toward each other in a symmetrical, plinth-like form. Height: 41 3/4 in. Width: 41 3/4 in. Depth: 22 3/4 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-Serpentine Chippendale Desk, Boston c1790″ is in sale since Tuesday, October 6, 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: Pre-1800
- Original/Reproduction: Original