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Fall-front desk (secrétaire à abbattant)

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The firm of Thomas Emmons and George Archibald, active between 1813 and Emmons's death in 1825, was a leader in Boston furniture making in the years after the War of 1812. Worthy successors to John and Thomas Seymour, the partners produced fashionable mahogany furniture in the French Empire...

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Stencilled label inside central interior drawer: "EMMONS & ARCHIBALD / BOSTON MASS"


Early history unknown; purchased by the Museum in 1985 from New England Gallery, Inc. (Andover, Mass.).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department and Otis Norcross Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 153.7 x 97.8 x 49.5 cm (60 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer




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