- c. 1815–1830
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Mahogany, cherry, yellow poplar, pine, maple, ebony, and gilt bronze
- 62 3/4 × 36 × 21 1/8 in. (1 m 59.39 cm × 91.44 cm × 53.66 cm)
- Decorative Arts and Design
- American Art - 19th Century, Level 4
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, Anonymous gift in memory of Frederick M. Mayer
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
With its figured veneers, gilded mounts, and classically inspired columns, this fall-front secretary represents one of the most popular European desk forms of the early 19th century, especially in Germany and France. Because such desks were not popular in England, their appearance in Philadelphia must have resulted from continental influence. Some fall-front desks were imported from Germany into Philadelphia, and designs for them came over with immigrant German cabinetmakers. Construction features and the use of two-toned veneers suggest this example may have been made by a German-trained craftsman.
Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material, Label text (1985.B.51), 2006.