Lot 147
Southern Chippendale Walnut Bonnet-Top Desk and Bookcase
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Attributed to Eastern Virginia or Maryland, circa 1760-1780, two-part form, yellow pine secondary, broken arched pediment with applied cove molded scrolled cornice terminating in applied rosettes, the open frieze with applied carved shell and vine surmounted by carved finials on plinths, two hinged raised panel tombstone doors, louvered shelved interior, two pull-out candle slides, the desk with hinged lipped lid having bread board ends and loper support, central prospect door opening to reveal two pigeon holes above two small drawers flanked by four valanced pigeon holes above four small drawers to each side, the case with two over three lipped graduated drawers with full dust boards, applied molded base raised on shaped ogee bracket feet.

95 x 43 x 23 in. (without finials), upper case width 38.5 in., max height 102 in.

Private Southern Collection

Featured: Fig. 116, pg. 85, The Magazine Antiques, January 1952. The dimensions are not accurate in the comparison, but otherwise this is the example deaccessioned from the Brush-Everard House, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, 1951-432. It is noted from Williamsburg and found on this example: "AMD" chalked on the back of the upper section; "4218" chalked inside the upper section; "RH" penciled inside to small interior drawer; "SW" penciled inside bottom of top full-length drawer.
Colonial Williamsburg deaccession 1981, (1951-432).
CW acquired the desk and bookcase from Stanley Wohl, of Washington, DC, in 1951.
Mr. Wohl acquired it in 1945 from the estate of the late senator Porter H. Dale who had obtained it in 1916 with the assistance of dealer J.K. Beard of Petersburg, VA.
In the CW file notes, it is stated that 1951-432's origin was Georgetown, Maryland.
Similar form: Fig. 22, pg. 61, Furniture in Maryland 1740-1940, Gregory R. Weidman.

Later finials and plinths; later hinges with patch and repairs to previous sites; later carving and shell on the tympanum; desk interior writing surface with wear/maring/staining; seven small drawers with cut/patch by later pulls; later pulls with plug holes; drawer runners rebuilt; lip repair on some drawers including cut/patches; cut/patch repair at horizontal drawer stile by locks; old ogee feet but appear later.

$15,000 - 25,000