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Desk, slant top

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Like the carved leg on the table exhibited nearby, the legs of this desk feature rare mask-carvings attributed to Boston carver John Welch. It is believed that they did not originally support a desk but probably belonged to a marble-top table or similar freestanding form. Since all four legs are...

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Owned by Jedidiah Parker (born 1736) and said by family tradition to have been removed from his house on Margaret Street, Boston, and stored on the Common when the house was torn down for firewood by the British in 1775-76. Descended through Mary Parker (Mrs. Thomas Knox Emery) to the Edes family.

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Herbert Edes

1740–60, with later alterations

  • Carving attributed to John Welch, American, 1711–1789
Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 57


Overall: 107 x 90.8 x 58.1 cm (42 1/8 x 35 3/4 x 22 7/8 in.)

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