Walnut, pine, poplar
Overall: 41 x 46 x 21 3/4 in. ( 104.1 x 116.8 x 55.2 cm )
Walnut Chippendale slant-top desk; hinged slant top opens to rest on two lopers; interior has central prospect door flanked by bank drawers and pigeonholes with a long drawer over two shorter drawers in line over four pigeonholes with serpentine arches; desk base has four graduated drawers with brass bail handles, locks, and escutcheons; fragmentary bracket feet with later castors; lower drawer front detached.
This desk belonged to John Durand (1745-1813), the father of the Hudson River School artist Asher B. Durand (1796-1886). The elder Durand was a watchmaker and silversmith whom the young Durand assisted in the manufacture of buttons, powder horns, and copperplate engravings before setting out on his own.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
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