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Desk and bookcase

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This imposing, bombé (swelled base) desk-and-bookcase represents the pinnacle of the Rococo style in Boston. From its massive, claw-and-ball feet to the eagle finial at the top, the piece is embellished with costly carving that represents a level of lavish ornamentation not ordinarily seen on...

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Signed

On the bottom of the left bottom drawer of the interior is the inscription in chalk " . . . Ge [?] Bright."

Provenance

Samuel Barrett (Boston, 1738-1798) to his daughter, Ann Barrett (b. 1752) at the time of her marriage to Isaac Green (Windsor, Vermont). By descent throught the family until 1956. Bequest of Miss Charlotte Hazen, 1956.

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Charlotte Hazen

About 1770–85

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 64

Dimensions

252.7 x 109.2 x 61 cm (99 1/2 x 43 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

56.1194

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine, glass

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes