Writing desk

Object Number: 
1939.240ab
Date: 
ca. 1800-1820
Medium: 
Wood, lacquer, brass, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. ( 19 x 49.5 x 27 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular wooden writing desk with flat, hinged lid, brass rosette mounts with bail handle, and teardrop-shaped escutcheon, covered with several coats of lacquer and decorated with gold leaf (Chinoiserie style); landscape on water scattered over desk, with houses on stilts over the water, other houses on isolated pieces of land, and boats floating through landscape, with people in boats or looking through windows; desk opens out to reveal slanted writing surface covered in blue felt, leading up to set of three compartments, one large, two small, with central compartment also divided into two by addition of tray.
Gallery Label: 
According to donor, this writing desk was brought from China by John Cook Halsey around 1813.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Herbert D. Halsey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group