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    Artist Name:

    Thomas Spencer

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1752 – 1840


    Desk and Bookcase


    ca. 1775


    Mahogany, chestnut, poplar, white pine and replaced brasses


    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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