Desk and Bookcase
CONSTRUCTION: The drawer blades of this piece are inserted from the back. Other distinctive construction details include the coved vertical foot blocks, lap joint of the front feet, and the practice of inserting the drawer runners in half-dovetail grooves.
GROUP: This desk-and-bookcase is one of fifteen case pieces that can be attributed to a group of craftsmen centered in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. This piece and two other desks in the group have writing compartments that are virtually identical. While the basic design of the interiors (with a long central drawer under the prospect door) is typical of eighteenth-century desks from the tidewater region, the piedmont interiors are stylistically earlier in their corbelled drawer ranks and blocked drawer fronts.