Mid-Atlantic or Virginia Hepplewhite sideboard desk, mahogany with mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlay primary woods, with tulip poplar and white pine secondary woods. Gallery with 6 pigeonholes and tambour doors with rounded drawers on either side. Sideboard comprised of a slightly overhanging top above sliding writing surface at center with fall-front desk drawer below. Interior of desk contains 6 pigeon holes below three drawers. Desk drawer with tripartite veneered front with banded inlays. Below desk, central cupboard flanked by bottle drawers. Side sections feature shallow drawers above high cupboards, all with rounded fronts. Brass oval hardware with bail handles throughout for drawers and cupboards, brass tack pulls for tambour, sliding writing surface, and interior desk drawers. 50 7/8" H x 69" W x 24 3/4" D. First quarter 19th century. Provenance: deaccessioned from a Southern historic house museum. CONDITION: Wear commensurate with age to surface; veneers and inlays largely intact, with some minor repairs to losses including center beneath slide; 2" area of veneer over right side cupboard door. Some glue blocks missing from drawer bottoms. Replaced locks on central cupboard, one bottle drawer, and both side cupboards. Drawer runners replaced on left bottle drawer. Non-structural loss of wood to side of one bottle drawer. Repairs to right central door, though hinge appears to be original. Bails and brasses present, though loose or contained within drawers. Later applied drawer stops to desk drawer bottom. Several drawer bottoms have added wooden strips to fill shrinkage gaps. Interior desk drawers marked "L", "C", "R" in pencil on drawer backs to indicate correct location. Right side drawer has some green staining, possibly paint or marker. Partial newsprint, illegible, pasted to right cupboard side.
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