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Tambour desk

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Tambour desks, a novel form in the Federal period, were made for women and were especially popular in New England, reflecting the region's emphasis on reading, writing, and female education. This example is notable for the enameled plaques on the drawer pulls and the inlaid festoons on the...

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"M. & M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts"

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

about 1800

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 29


104.14 x 91.44 x 49.53 cm (41 x 36 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine, inlays of tulip and satinwood




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes