Saturday, August 3, 2019

Tambour Desk made by

A small tambour desk with a flat top with maple strung edges. The plain tambour shutters flank a cabinet door inlaid with a central diamond of curly maple in a rectangular frame with cut corners/ On the stiles of the upper section are two reeded pilasters with square capitals and bases. Around the desk flap is a string of maple, and the flap is covered on the inside with green baize. There are three drawers bordered with mapleand inlaid with rectangular panels with cut corners. They have oval brasse and inset brass keyholes. On the stiles are inlaid ovals with snail shells on a green ground set within shaped frames, and below are long panels of curly maple with cut corners. The square legs are tapered and inlaid with a panel and a long triangular drop with burned cross markings. There is a maple cuff with stained stripes. The interior of the cabinet has a drawer below a cabinet with a small scalloped edge drawer at the top, and on each side behind the tambours are three pigeonholes with three drawers above. The pigeonholes have shaped arched heads with a small ball piercing in the center. The interior wood is pine.

Provenance: 1929, gift of Dudley Leavitt Pickman (Accession Date April 4, 1929); October 25, 2012, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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