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This is a Chippendale mahogany reverse serpentine slant-front desk attributed to William King circa 1775. King was a prominent cabinet maker from Salem, Massachusetts who crafted exceptional pieces like this during the Revolutionary War period. The mahogany wood has a beautiful patina, there are four graduated serpentine drawers in the front, and the desk exhibits magnificent gadrooned feet which are indicative of King’s workshop; the gadrooned feet are original and rare. The base also has an impressively carved shell drop pendant; many of these pendants don’t survive.The slant front lid opens to reveal six pigeonholes flanked by two small document drawers on either side and two larger document drawers below. The dovetail joints are tight, and the secondary wood is white pine.The brasses and escutcheons have been replaced, and the left rear glue block is missing, and condition is commensurate with age.The desk was owned by the Blair family of Salem, Massachusetts, and there’s a Wayne Pratt label inside the top drawer. The desk comes with the original bill of sale from Wayne Pratt, and the digits on the label correspond to the numbers on the bill of sale.Similar desks attributed to William King can be found at the Henry Ford Museum in Deerfield, Michigan and another at the Peabody Essex Institute in Salem.The desk is 43 1/4 inches high, 40 3/4 inches wide, and 22 5/8 inches deep.

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Attrib. William King Serpentine Slant Front Desk

Estimate $12,000 - $24,000Mar 31, 2019