Desk (Model #500)
Charles Rohlfs ( American, 1853 - 1936 )
Charles Rohlfs Workshop ( American, 1898 - 1928 )
- c. 1899–1901
Resting upon a base that allows the upper portion to pivot, this “swinging writing desk” has cutwork details, pronounced pegs, and a wispy, smoke-like pair of finials that suggest a whimsical storybook chalet. In an 1899 article for _The House Beautiful, _Charlotte Moffitt described a similar example as “nothing so much as a miniature Swiss cottage.”
Kevin Tucker, DMA unpublished material, Label text (2004.2.1), 2004.
According to the original owner, Charles Rohlfs built this desk for his wife, novelist Anna Katherine Green.