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Writing desk

Object Number: 
1936.469
Date: 
1810-1830
Medium: 
Wood, textile, glass, brass, metal, varnish
Dimensions: 
Desk: 7 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 10 in. (19.7 x 47.6 x 25.4 cm)
Description: 
Rectangular wooden writing desk with flat, hinged top, rosette mounts with bail handle on each side, and diamond-shaped plate on front; desk opens out to reveal slanted writing surface covered in blue velvet, leading up to set of four compartments of various sizes at highest end of open desk, with one compartment also divided into two by addition of tray; also contains square colorless glass ink bottle with metal cap at one corner; each end of writing surface can be folded back to reveal spaces underneath.
Gallery Label: 
According to donors, this writing desk was used by their ancestor Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Gertrude Harison, Miss Elizabeth Harison, and Mr. William Harison
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group