Lady’s Writing Table and Bookcase

Date: 1795 - 1800

The rich color of the woods, combined with balanced proportions, produces a calm, serene effect in this lady’s writing table and bookcase. On the lower section the drawers are slightly graduated and have solid mahogany fronts that lack any extra ornament. There is a stamped basket-of-fruit-and-flowers motif on the metal backplates of the drawer pulls that adds embellishment. When opened, the writing surface rests on the vertical supports, or lopers, that flank the top drawer. The writing area is diminutive, ideal for use by a woman.

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, exotic lightwood

Dimensions: H: 73 1/2 x W: 38 7/8 x D: 21 3/8 in.

Place: Massachusetts, probably Salem

Accession: 1101

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Salem , Bookcase , Table , Women , Book

Purchased April 8, 1987 from Israel Sack.