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Inscribed on bottom of central drawer inside: "This desk is supposed to have been built in . . . / It was the property of . . . Emerson / Was bought of Thomas Emerson his . . . / By Sidney A. Merriam 1874 / Fell to Arthur A. Merriam Aug. 14, 1874" Bought of Mrs. Merriam 1939


Possibly made for a member of the Emerson family (see inscription); by descent to a Thomas Emerson; bought from him in 1874 by Sidney A. Merriam; "fell to" Arthur A. Merriam, August 14, 1874; presumably by descent to his wife; purchased in New York in 1939 from Mrs. Merriam for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts; given in 1941.

Credit Line

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


Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 27


Overall: 111.8 x 97.8 x 61 cm (44 x 38 1/2 x 24 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes