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Gentleman's secretary

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Style of Sheraton; mahogany with four glass doors, shaped cornice with four small urns and gold eagle. Front top middle drawer opens down as desk, inside top with names of ships pasted on pigeon holes.


Said to have been made for Capt. Clifford Crowninshield of Salem, Massachusetts, who built a new house in Washington Square, Salem, in 1805. It was used by his son-in-law James Devereux, as shown by the shipnames inscribed in the pigeonholes, all of which can be traced to his ownership, and it descended to William C. Waters, with whose collection it was sold via dealer Israel Sack to the MFA, January 1926.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund


Object Place

Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 67


228.6 x 170.2 x 60.0 cm (90 x 67 x 23 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, pine, cedar




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