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


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


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

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine, glass




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes