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Linen Desk

Place Made:
Central Kentucky United States of America
Date Made:
1795-1810
Medium:
walnut –poplar –ash
Dimensions:
HOA: 45; WOA: 42; DOA: 19 5/8
Accession Number:
3480
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Linen desk. The interior of the writing compartment has a central prospect door, two document drawers, and eight small drawers that surmount letter compartments. Below the writing compartment are two doors that enclose sliding linen shelves. The desk rests on splayed French feet and has a scalloped apron with a fan-like inlay in the center. The doors have inlaid flower patera, and the fallboard has inlaid banding (composed of assembled triangular sections) around the lipped edges and in the form of a diamond in the center. This same banding is used around the base. Open dovetailed top and base.

WOODS: Walnut with walnut veneer and light and dark (walnut and cherry) inlays and poplar and walnut secondary. The use of walnut as a primary wood is unusual in Kentucky cabinetmaking, but the design of the inlay and the arrangement of the interior are typical. The parquetry of the door veneers is unique to Kentucky and would be rare in urban furniture of the eastern seaboard. The use of a chain support for the fallboard is also unique.

Credit Line:
Lent by Woodford S. Van Meter