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Many of Copley's patrons owned costly household objects, including silver and such impressive examples of Boston furniture as this blockfront, mahogany desk fitted with large brasses and standing on graceful, hairy-paw feet. Merchants and ministers often owned such desks, whose interiors are...

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Early history unknown. Purchased in 1935 for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts" from Miss Kipper for $3,500; Kipper may have gotten it at the Sack sale for $2,800.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

about 1760–80

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 25


113.66 x 104.14 x 56.83 cm (44 3/4 x 41 x 22 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes