Folk art secretary or plantation desk, possibly Southern, with dark brown wash surface, mixed woods, single piece construction. Gothic style trefoil carved cornice over two hinged paneled doors with applied trefoil and sun decoration and two white ceramic knobs; doors open to an interior with shelf over a bank of five pigeonholes. Hinged slant front writing surface opens to a storage compartment below with applied carving to front; legs are extensions of desk stiles with applied rectangular ornaments over ball-turned and faceted legs, ending in ball and spike feet. 70 1/4'' H x 32 1/2'' W x 25'' D. Circa 1860. Provenance: Private Kentucky collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition with some wear, especially to edges, slant front and door fronts, which has lost coloration; ceramic knobs replacements; minor cracking or repairs to applied carvings.
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