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Desk and Bookcase

Thomas Spencer1770/1780

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

This rare and highly desirable eighteenth century mahogany Chippendale desk and bookcase is one of about one hundred known secretaries from this period. Its fine proportions, construction, woods, and stylistic elements such as the closed pediment, applied tympanum panels, distribution of interior drawers, and bracket feet confirm a Rhode Island origin, possibly from Newport. An added feature of historical interest is an inscription under one of the drawers that traces the ownership history from the American Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene.

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