American late Federal desk, mahogany, with mahogany veneer, and figured maple veneer primary and white pine secondary. Comprised of a rectangular molded top over one full length drawer above a pair of cupboard doors enclosing a fitted interior with 6 drawers and 10 valanced pigeon holes over a hinged fold down writing surface, above three full length graduated and dovetailed drawers, a shaped skirt and tall ring turned legs. Fitted with oval beehive brasses, likely early replacements, each having a central beehive surrounded by flowers. Chalk inscriptions to back of drawers indicate placement. 53 1/4" H x 42 1/8" W x 18 5/8" D. Circa 1820-1830. Provenance: Deaccessioned from a Southern historic house museum. CONDITION: Overall good condition with expected general use wear. Scattered patches to cornice and fold down writing surface. Scattered areas of veneer loss to top front. Green baize on writing surface is worn and lifting, lopers missing pulls. Lower drawer runners appear to be replacements, lower drawer front partially replaced (original veneer appears to be retained). Middle drawer of base with added wood to fill shrinkage gap at front of drawer. Some inner drawers missing pulls. Large shrinkage crack to backboard. Repair to bottom corner of backboard.
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