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Scroll pediment with spread-winged carved eagle. Carved brackets and claw and ball feet, pendant drop on molded rail.


An undated document of ca. 1936 signed by Edith Smith Pickham, "The Cedars," Tiverton, Rhode Island, states that "the mahogany block front secretary with eagle top and claw and ball feet which I sold recently, originally came down in my family from Colonel John Cooke, Middletown, Rhode Island." Pickham sold the desk to the dealer Hyman Kaufman of South Sudbury, Massachusetts; purchased for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts (Accession Date January 12, 1939)

Credit Line

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


Object Place

possibly Newport, Rhode Island, New England

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 20


Block: 242.9 x 107.6 x 55.9 cm (95 5/8 x 42 3/8 x 22 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany , white pine




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