Cylinder Desk and Bookcase

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Mahogany with mahogany, satinwood, and maple veneers; light and dark wood stringing; white pine, yellow poplar, brass, glass, ivory

7 feet 6 inches x 5 feet 6 inches x 23 3/4 inches (228.6 x 167.6 x 60.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 107, American Art, first floor

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Purchased with the Fiske Kimball Fund and the John T. Morris Fund, 2004

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The design of this commodious desk and bookcase is based directly on plate 39 of Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet Dictionary (London, 1803), where he says, "I took the idea of it from one I have seen executed." It is made in separate parts: pediment, bookcase, desk, and cabinet. The turned ball-and-spade-shaped feet, taken literally from Sheraton's design, are highly unusual on American case pieces and represent the art of specialist turners working in Philadelphia in the early years of the republic.

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