Desk and Bookcase
The Calvert-Tuttle-Foxworthy shop is best known for making furniture with distinctive “bandy-legs” like those on MESDA’s Mason County chest of drawers (MESDA acc. 5691.1) This desk and bookcase is important as an example of the more typically neoclassical furniture also being produced in the shop.
It is not uncommon for furniture to be signed by apprentices and journeymen, sometimes covertly, as a way for them to express agency over work created under the umbrella of the shop.
RELATED OBJECTS: The MESDA collection includes a chest of drawers with “bandy legs” from the Calvert-Foxworthy-Tuttle Shop (MESDA acc. 5691). The museum also has, on loan, a sugar desk with French feet that is also likely from the shop (MESDA acc. 5902).
DESCRIPTION: Bookcase with two flush-paneled doors enclosing permanently mounted shelves. Central prospect door with light inlaid stringing; light inlaid column design surrounding; with arched and plain pigeon holes; all mounted on a long drawer with two drawers above it. The desk exterior is equipped with four lipped drawers mounted with bail and rosette brasses the whole supported by splayed bracket feet of the “French” type. The desk and bookcase are decorated with chamfered corners inlaid to resemble fluting, and the interior is inlaid with string inlay.