Diminutive Classical Kentucky secretary bookcase, figured mahogany veneers and cherry primary, pine and poplar secondary. Two part construction, pediment cornice over two paneled glass doors with brass edge, flanked by fully carved Ionic columns with acanthus carved plinths, over three dovetailed drawers. Base with one full convex-front drawer, flanked by carved acanthus medallions, and containing a fold-out hinged baize covered writing surface with two storage compartments, above four bold ring and rope twist turned legs terminating in ball feet. "Ada Boyland" inscribed verso of pediment. 73 1/2" H x 37 1/4" W. 23 1/4" D. Circa 1830. Note: A similar example that descended in the Rowan Family of Bardstown is currently in the collection of Federal Hill, My Old Kentucky Home (ref.Ê "Collecting Kentucky, 1790-1860" p. 293 by Genevieve Baird Lacer and Libby Turner Howard). CONDITION: Minor surface wear and abrasions. A few scattered areas of veneer replacement and loss. Wear and losses to the lower drawer interior with loss to right side.
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