Lot 177
New England Federal Inlaid Mahogany Tambour Desk
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Attributed to Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1810, two part form, mahogany veneer, white pine and poplar secondary, the top case with two tambour doors opening to reveal a divided valanced pigeon holes above five small drawers, the base with hinged fold out writing lid with loper support above three long drawers with birds eye maple veneer and banded mahogany veneer border, raised on square tapered delicate legs.

45.25 x 39 x 18 in.

From the Collection of the late Dr. Margery Williams Adams and Dr. George Carlisle Adams, Charlotte, North Carolina
Margery and Carlisle Adams were lifelong patrons of the arts in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. They met in Paris where they were both Fulbright Scholars, she studying at the Sorbonne, and he teaching Pediatrics to French physicians.

Margery (1921-2022) grew up in Worcester, MA. She graduated from Smith College, held a Masters and a Ph.D. in Art History from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University), and taught Art History at Radcliffe and Queens College in Charlotte. She inherited from her uncle - Frank Smith, a Worcester attorney - an extraordinary art collection of Italian antiques and works by early 20th century contemporary artists, the core of which has been donated to the Worcester Art Museum and Smith College Museum of Art. Her personal interest in collecting focused on New England furniture and 18th century coin silver spoons. She was instrumental in securing the Delhom Ceramics Collection for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

Carlisle Adams (1923-1996) graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and began collecting early American furniture and paintings during his freshman year of college to furnish a spartan dorm room. His eclectic tastes encompassed French fans and paintings, Italian furniture, and Persian rugs, his vast collection now residing at San Diego State University. He was a lifelong opera enthusiast, and he served on the boards of both the Charlotte Opera and the Charlotte Symphony.

Beautifully inlaid throughout including diamond, string inlay, maple panels and barber pole inlays.

Left tambour door separated and needs repair; the slant lid front right corner with veneer repair; later felt writing surface in poor condition; later pulls; shrinkage separation at case sides; drawer runners rebuilt.

$1,000 - 2,000