18th century American mahogany desk and bookcase or secretary, poplar and pine secondary woods. Bookcase top features a swan's neck pediment, carved swirl rosettes, center vase pediment mounted on support with canted corners. Stepped pediment with dentil molding, two glazed cabinet doors opening to three shelves. The base with pull-out double-drawer front desk top, fitted interior with two half drawers, one center square drawer and seven pigeon holes over three long drawers, molded base and bracket feet. 105" H x 45 1/2" W base (43 1/2" W top) x 21 3/4" D base (14" D top). American, likely Massachussetts, circa 1780. Inscription in ink on topside of both bookcase and desk sections, "Coleman". Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Descended in the family of Lewis M. Coleman Jr. II (1894-1914), son of Lewis M. Coleman Jr., son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis Minor Coleman (1827-1863) and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of fourth U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835). Lewis M. Coleman Jr. also was related to the family of Revolutionary War General Henry Dearborn by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, who was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on her mother's side. CONDITION: Older finish, overall structurally sound. Minor condition issues include: break to top of vase finial, loss to small corner of veneer frieze on left side, lower portion of molding surrounding left glass door missing, losses to cockbeading on some drawers, lower half of facing on back rear foot missing, losses to some valences on lower pigeonholes of desk interior. Large ink stain at left top of desk. Minor trim molding and veneers retained but not attached.
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