Chippendale Mahogany Carved Reverse Serpentine Desk and Bookcase
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Chippendale Mahogany Carved Reverse Serpentine Desk and Bookcase, Boston or North Shore, Massachusetts, 1760-80, the scrolled molded cornice terminates in circular bosses above the flame-carved finials over the ogee and bolection molded frieze on the scrolled paneled doors flanked by pilasters which open to valanced and plain compartments, small drawers and adjustable shelf over candle slides, on the lower case which consists of a desk with fan-carved, end-blocked, serpentine drawers, with scrolled valances flanking the blocked fan-carved prospect door with a similar interior drawer flanked by column-decorated prospect drawers above the four graduated, serpentine drawers the top one of which is arced with cockbeaded surrounds, above the conforming molded base with central leaf-carved dropped pendant and four carved ball and claw feet with shaped knee brackets, old surface, replaced brasses, (minor repairs), ht. 94 1/4, wd. 41 5/8, upper case wd. 39 3/4, dp. 22 5/8, upper case dp. 13 3/8 in.