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Secretary desk and bookcase

Object Number: 
1937.1278
Date: 
ca. 1770-1780
Medium: 
Maple, pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 84 x 37 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. ( 213.4 x 95.3 x 47 cm )
Marks: 
written: in red chalk or wax on back of upper section "Top" scratched: twice in back of upper section "NINA"
Description: 
Black painted maple Queen Anne desk and bookcase; upper part has scrolled, broken pediment and two panel doors above two drawers; lower part is slant top desk with four graduated drawers; lid opens to reveal row of ten pigeon holes above row of five drawers; shaped skirt and bracket feet; brass bail handles on brass escutcheons (not original).
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
Anderson Galleries, F.W. Fuessenich Sale, October 23-24, 1925 (lot 107); The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group