18th Century Philadelphia Desk & Bookcase
18th century Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mahogany desk and bookcase or secretary. Bookcase top is comprised of pine secondary wood and features a swan's-neck pediment, carved rosettes, and applied carved shell, above hinged scallop-paneled doors opening to three shelves over two lower candle slides. Desk is comprised of mainly poplar secondary wood and exhibits blind dovetail top construction. The fitted interior features upper pigeon hole drawers with molded fronts and stepped and shaped side drawers. A central shell carved prospect door is flanked by two vertical reeded pull out drawers locked by a wooden slide under one of two drawers in the interior prospect. Four graduated lower section drawers are flanked by reeded quarter columns. Retains original ogee bracket feet. Several of the drawers exhibit pencil markings, along drawing of feet, and evidence of an early paper label. The slightly wider book case, backboards, woods, and construction techniques indicate the bookcase top is not original to the desk. 94 1/2" H x 43 3/4" W x 23" D. Third quarter of 18th century.
Overall very good condition. The top and bottom are associated and have been refinished. The finials appear to be early replacements and interior prospect door has been restored or replaced at a very early date. The brasses on the desk are sand cast replacements in the original holes and the feet appear to be original with reattached facings; one is still loose.