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A Rare Federal Mahogany Cylinder Top Desk, attributed to Daniel Trotter, Philadelphia, c.1810


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This desk has a striking resemblance to a desk illustrated in Federal Philadelphia, the Athens of the Western World, Beatrice B. Garvan (Plate #20).  Note the treatment of the molded sides that hold the tambor and molding just above the legs and drawers. We have seen no other forms like this and its relationship in design et al leads to our attribution.  The craftsmanship is top drawer. Interestingly, the party that we acquired this from thought this was a Boston (i.e. Seymour) piece, because of the fine, English style cabinet work.  Note the interior drawers retain their original ivory pulls.  The drawer pulls are original, as are the side handles.  

This desk is of good size, and we picture this in an executive suite, or private study, wherein it can be closed for privacy and easily opened for usage.  The drawer slide is truly oversized, and actually makes for good, functional space, as does the adjustable lift top writing surface.

Height: 38 1/2"  Writing Table Height: 28 1/2"
Width: 42 1/2"  Depth: 24 3/4"
$35,000
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