Middle Tennessee, possibly Wilson County, inlaid desk and bookcase, walnut primary, poplar secondary, constructed in two sections. Upper section with a cove molded cornice over inlaid cupboard doors with panels having barber pole inlay surrounding an arched, geometric string inlay design with inlaid circle enclosing the top of the arch; the lower section with a slant lid having battened ends, inlaid with the initials N.G. surrounded by string and barber pole inlay. Lid opens onto two pull-out slides to reveal an interior fitted with six (6) shaped pigeonholes over two (2) tiers of dovetailed drawers and a prospect door inlaid with the initials N. G. within a cartouche. Four tiers of string and barber pole inlaid graduated dovetailed drawers with brass pulls, atop a molded base and ogee feet. 91" H x 39" W x 22 1/4" D. 1st quarter 19th century. Note: Two similar desk examples are featured in the book "The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and It's Makers Through 1850" by Nathan Harsh and Derita Williams that are attributed to James or Captain John B. Quarles (ref. figures 63 and 64 on pages 104 and 105). Provenance: the estate of Christine Rehnke, Nashville, Tennessee. Note: Mrs. Rehnke's late husband inherited this piece through either his parents, antique collectors Edgar and Jennie Dickerson Rehnke of Nashville, or his aunt, Edna Dickerson Kruse, who likely purchased it in Middle Tennessee sometime in the mid-1900s. (Note: Edna Dickerson Kruse and her husband Simon founded the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis in 1909; she also dealt in antiques). CONDITION: Old refinishing with uneven surface fading. Cornice, mid-molding, and ogee feet appear to be old replacements from the late 19th/early 20th century. Scattered abrasions and wear. Bookcase with insect damage to lower interior boards. Back of edge of desk with wear. Shrinkage to top left cupboard door. Back top board of desk with replacement to top edge, some buildup of drawer sides from expected wear. Cupboard door hinges and slant front hinges likely replaced.
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