East Tennessee Sheraton desk on turned legs, attributed to the Burgner school of cabinetmakers. Bird's eye maple, figured maple, and cherry primary woods; poplar secondary. Comprised of a shaped, birdseye maple gallery back atop a plain rectangular case having a solid birdseye maple fall front writing surface with breadboard ends; fitted interior with seven pigeonholes and three drawers (one with a non-functioning lock); one full length dovetailed maple drawer with turned cherry pulls; tall turned and tapered Sheraton legs; paneled sides. 49 3/4" H x 38 1/8" W x 20 5/8" D. 2nd quarter 19th century. Found in Rogersville, TN. Note: Five Burgner brothers, including John C., Jacob F., Henry, Christian, and Daniel F., were cabinetmakers primarily in the Horse Creek community of Greene County and Washington County, Tennessee from 1817 until 1902. John C. Burgner maintained a "waste book" detailing the daily operations of the business, including information on furniture forms produced as well as recordings for some of the pieces sold. The Burgners made pieces ranging from $8 to $50, in a wide range of forms. This cabinetmaking shop was known in the region for the incorporation of highly figured woods including curly maple, cherry, and walnut (source information courtesy Daniel Ackermann, Associate Curator, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts). CONDITION: Older refinish. Slight sun fading to to top. Small patch underside of front left corner. A couple of hairline cracks to pull down front. Drawer runners rebuilt. Some staining to back of backsplash.
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