Block Front Desk

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Description

The name given to this desk describes its style: three vertical panels made in different planes produce blocks or sections on the drawers and slant top.

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The name given to this desk describes its style: three vertical panels made in different planes produce blocks or sections on the drawers and slant top. Block-front panels were usually cut from one solid piece of wood, requiring considerable skill. The fine carving and the quality of the original brasses class this piece amongst the masterpieces of Colonial craftsmanship.

Block-fronts first appeared in the 1730s and, like ball and claw feet, were not illustrated in Chippendale’s ‘Director’ but became an important aspect of furniture style in this period.

'This magnificent example of Colonial American cabinet-work is one of the outstanding pieces of furniture in the collection of the American Museum. …It is distinguished for its combination of high-quality, design, materials, and craftsmanship.' Lisa White, M.A., F.S.A., Director Emeritus of the Attingham Summer School

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Dated

From 1765 (circa) to 1775 (circa)

Keywords

Massachusetts, ,

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Materials

» mahogany (wood)
» brass (alloy)

Technique

» cabinetmaking
» carving (process)

Production place

» Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

44.5x42inch

Object number

1970.15

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