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The lift-top desk has a curved back, canted sides, and a straight front with a false drawer. The drawer front is outlined with light, possibly satinwood, stringing and is equipped with large wooden pulls. The sides and back panel are strung with simple geometric frames of light-wood inlay, and...

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This desk was used in the State House in Annapolis, probably in the House of Delegates Chamber about 1807. When the new furniture was constructed by John Needles of Baltimore in 1819 for the State House, he was given the old furniture as part payment. Much of the Senate furniture has descended in Annapolis families and must have been sold locally by the Needles. This desk was owned by Rear Admiral Albert Ross, who lived in the Brewer House on the Duke of Gloucester Street. It descended in his family for two generations, coming to Elizabeth Ross (Mrs. John Caswell), the sister-in-law of the donatrix, Mrs. Robert B. Choate of Danvers, Massachsuetts.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Choate

about 1807

Object Place

Annapolis, Maryland

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 59


83.2 x 92.1 x 58.4 cm (32 3/4 x 36 1/4 x 23 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, light- , dark- and stained-wood inlays; yellow pine




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes