Lot 288
New York Renaissance Revival Monumental Carved Walnut Desk and Bookcase
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Circa 1870, multi-part form, walnut, white pine secondary, stepped cove molded cornice surmounted by an open frieze with applied vine and leaf, stepped tympanum supports a fully carved bust of William Shakespeare, with an armed cove molded pediment, above an applied shell, foliate, and floral frieze above two large hinged glass cabinet doors with louvered shelved interior, each shelf with molded front edge, flanked by carved stiles with fruit, flanked by two small hinged glass cabinet doors surmounted by pierced and relief carved and pierced griffin head, the base with central projecting conforming section, featuring a molded edge, above a central pull-out writing desk having a baluster-turned gallery and four burlwood veneered small drawers, above two paneled lower cabinet doors with lyre and book motif, flanked by two small upper drawers above two cabinet doors featuring globe and commerce motif applied carved panels, molded flush base.

127 (10 ft. 7 in.) x 72 x 24 in.

From the Collection of James H. Craig and Randy S. Johnson, Sarasota, Florida

Christie's, New York

Later fleur-de-lis design linen liners to interior of glass doors; cut and repair to left side cove molded cornice; minor loss to right side cove molded cornice; wear and scraping to top surface of base; later green felt writing surface; substantial veneer loss to lower front panel at base; overall good estate condition and retaining likely original dark surface and patina.

$4,000 - 8,000