Slant-front desk and miniaturist's tools

Object Number: 
1947.461a-z
Date: 
1775-1795
Dimensions: 
desk: 42 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. ( 108.6 x 70.5 x 54.6 cm )
Description: 
Mahogany slant-top desk and miniaturist's tools; desk has top opening in two parts to reveal a center section fitted for tools; working surface flanked on either side by three tiered drawers above three stacked drawers; below is a central drawer over 3 smaller drawers in line all of which are flanked by a deep drawer on one side and a compartment with a door made to look identical to the drawer front on the other side; scalloped apron; square legs and stretchers; approximately miniaturists' 165 tools.
Gallery Label: 
This desk and tools were originally owned by artist John Ramage, who lived in New York City from 1777 to 1794 and was the city's leading miniaturist. The Society owns numerous examples of Ramage's miniatures, depicting stylish New York ladies and gentlemen with a masterful technique.
Credit Line: 
Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group