A Chippendale Tiger Maple Desk with Bookcase, Newport, c.1780
We acquired this piece locally and not far away from Newport, its city of origin. This desk is in pristine condition. It has its original undisturbed brasses, locks, hinges, etc. and all parts are untouched and have an older surface.
This desk has the famous pencil drawers with gracious swan neck dividers. Typical of Newport, the hinges on the prospect door are fully visible, and reveal three smaller block drawers. Interestingly, the lock is a 3-pin lock, indicating to us a high quality piece congruent with its construction.
Note the very strong figured Newport foot and highly figured desk drawers and lid. The sides and upper bookcase are figured maple. The interior of the bookcase section is of the old vertical style, typical of late 18th century work. The overall color is a beautiful amber, indicative of the aged maple.
Referenced: Yale University Rhode Island Furniture Archive #RIF6592
Height: 79 1/2 in. Depth: 21 in. Width: 40 1/2 in.
sw01566 - $38,000