Shaker Pine and Birch Sewing Desk
- Sold for:
- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
- Date / Time :
- November 01, 2008 3:00PM
Shaker Pine and Birch Sewing Desk, possibly the work of Henry Green (1844-1931), Alfred, Maine, c. 1860, the upper gallery of six thumbmolded pine drawers above a pull-out birch work surface and a lower case of simlar pine drawers flanked by double recessed panels, old surface, (minor evidence of wear), ht. 38 1/2, wd. 31 1/4, dp. 24 1/4 in. at the overhang of the desk top
Note: the label attached to the reverse reads, "The United Society of Shakers Sabbathday Lake, Maine."
Literature: According to Shaker Furniture Makers by Jerry Grant and Douglas Allen, 1983, by Hancock Shaker Village, pp. 154-155, Henry Green joined the Shaker community at Alfred, Maine, where he made furniture, "much of it with the plain line and distinctive proportions of early Shaker furniture," despite the fact that some was made in the 1870s. He moved to Sabbathday Lake, Maine, when the Alfred, Maine, community closed in 1931.
The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture by Timothy Rieman and Jean M. Burks, Abrams, Inc., 1993, pictures a similar sewing desk from Alfred, Maine, plate # 250, attributed to Henry Green, c. 1860.
Pine secondary; work surface, butternut.