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Federal Mahogany, Wavy Birch, and Bird's-eye Maple Inlaid Glazed Desk Bookcase

Auction:
2482
Lot:
306
Sold for:
$53,325$45,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 08, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Federal Mahogany, Wavy Birch, and Bird's-eye Maple Inlaid Glazed Desk Bookcase, Joseph Murphy, South Berwick, Maine, c. 1815, the top drawer with fall front opens to a central inlaid prospect door and hidden interior drawers with flanking drawers and valanced compartments, all on slightly flaring base centering a rectangular drop panel, brasses appear to be original, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 89 1/4, wd. 40 3/4, dp. 19 3/4 in.

Provenance: The descendants of Sarah Orne Jewett, South Berwick, Maine.

Note: The top of the lower section is branded "JOSEPH MURPHY." According to information provided by the Old Berwick Historical Society (www.obhs.net), Joseph Murphy was a cabinetmaker who owned a shop in the early 1800s in South Berwick, Maine. Sarah Orne Jewett's sister Mary Rice Jewett wrote about him that "Joseph Murphey [sic]… was a cabinet maker of much skill, to which many pieces of old furniture to be found in [South Berwick's] houses can attest."
Estimate $5,000-7,000

eagle and urn finials appear to be original; base with old repairs; veneer cracking, damage and losses; projecting shelf in lower section is stained; shrinkage crack to left side of lower case; baise interior of writing surface appears to be original; one urn-shaped ivory escutcheon remains - others are replaced or absent; two glazed panels broken (one with loss)

Keywords

South Berwick, Joseph Murphy, Maine, Sarah Orne Jewett, cabinetmaker, www.obhs.net, Old Berwick Historical Society, Mary Rice Jewett, Orne, United States, York County, Maine

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