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Teakwood and ebony with ivory inlays. Double-domed upper part fitted with two doors opening to reveal an arrangement of drawers, shelves, pigeonholes, a slant front opening to form a writing surface and more drawers and compartments surrounding a central


1916, possibly sold by Federico Victoria de Lecea to Charles Deering (b. 1852 - d. 1927), New York [see note 1]; by descent from Charles Deering to his daughter, Barbara Deering Danielson (Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson), Manchester, MA; 1965, gift of Barbara Deering Danielson to her son, James Deering Danielson, Coral Gables, FL; 1981, gift of James Deering Danielson. (Accession date: December 9, 1991) NOTES: [1] Possibly the bureau-cabinet described in a October 24, 1916, Bill of Sale, issued from Federico Victoria de Lecea to Charles Deering. However, according to a letter from James Deering Danielson to the MFA, July 31, 1981, in MFA curatorial file, his grandfather, Charles Deering, owned at least three similar bureau-cabinets. James Deering Danielson believed that another piece - and not the one he gave to the MFA - was the one discussed in the 1916 Bill of Sale.

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Gift of James Deering Danielson

Indian (Vizagapatam), 1740-50

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243.8 x 67.3 x 113 cm (96 x 26 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Teak with ebony and ivory