Early diminutive East Tennessee Chippendale black walnut slant front desk, descended through Daniel Taylor family of Grainger Co., TN. Flamed figured walnut fall board opening to an interior of cubby holes and two pairs of dovetailed drawers over four graduated drawers, resting on four bracket feet with returns. Bottom and top of case dovetailed. Appears to retain the original Chippendale batwing brasses. Yellow pine and walnut secondary woods. 43 1/2" H x 36 1/4" W x 34" Depth (open). Provenance: Daniel Taylor (1761-1834) was born in Cumberland Co., Virginia. In 1779, he enlisted as a private in the Revolutionary War and fought in the battle of Shallow Ford. In 1795, Taylor moved to Grainger Co., Tennessee, settling on the north side of the Holston River above Marshall's Ferry. He appears in TN tax records for the years of 1799, 1805, 1810. In 1834, Daniel Taylor died in Grainger Co.,TN (source: Blomquist, Taylors and Tates of the South, 1993). Condition: Older refinish with one of the interior drawers having two drawer sides missing, fall board reset with newer hinges, old strip of replaced wood near hinges, rear left foot molding with loss, separations and minor chips throughout.
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