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Sewing Desk, Shaker

Panel framed case stands on turned and tapered legs. Two tier desk with recessed top section composed of six drawers (three sets of two over two) with round wooden knobs above the work surface. The lower section is composed of three small drawers on left and three large drawers on right all with...

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About 1840-1850, probably made by Henry Green, Alfred, ME; used by Eldress Jennie Mathers (b. 1877 – d. 1946) of the Shaker Society, Sabbathday Lake, ME; 1953, sold by Sister Eleanor Philbrick of the Shaker Society to Dr. J. J. G. McCue, Lexington, MA; September 8, 2012, McCue collection sale, Willis Henry Auctions, Pittsfield, MA, lot 35, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund


Object Place

Alfred, Maine


Overall: 99.1 x 79.7 x 64.5 cm (39 x 31 3/8 x 25 3/8in.) Remeasured 12/10/12 (GH in Furniture Cons Lab) and measurements updated.

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Medium or Technique

Maple, birch, pine, cherry, black walnut; original red stained/painted finish




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes