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Artist Name:

Thomas Spencer

Nationality & Life Dates:

(American, active late eighteenth century), East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Title:

Desk and Bookcase

Date:

ca. 1775

Medium:

Mahogany, chestnut, poplar, white pine and replaced brasses

Dimensions:

91 1/2 x 41 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

Credit Line:

Gift in loving memory of Nancy Fraser Parker by her husband William A. Parker, Jr., and her children William A. Parker, III, Isobel P. Mills, and Richard C. Parker, in honor of her devotion to decorative arts and love of beautiful furniture

Accession Number:

2007.123 V

On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 205
This rare and highly desirable eighteenth century mahogany Chippendale desk and bookcase is one of about one hundred known secretaries from this period. Its fine proportions, construction, woods, and stylistic elements such as the closed pediment, applied tympanum panels, distribution of interior drawers, and bracket feet confirm a Rhode Island origin, possibly from Newport. An added feature of historical interest is an inscription under one of the drawers that traces the ownership history from the American Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene.



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