10-28-2012 10-28-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2618B Boston
October 28, 2012 10:00AMCalender

Federal Carved and Inlaid Cherry Tambour Desk

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2618B Location: Boston Date / Time: October 28, 2012 10:00AM


Federal Carved and Inlaid Cherry Tambour Desk, possibly by Ebenezer Calef, Nantucket, Massachusetts, c. 1810, the top section with three drawers above an inlaid prospect door centering flowering vines, flanked by tambour doors revealing compartments and drawers, and reeded pilasters, set into projecting cockbeaded base with fold-out writing surface, three drawers, and square tapering legs, old brasses, refinished, (imperfections), ht. 52 1/4, wd. 42 3/4, dp. 21 in.

Provenance: Richard Bourne auction, 1971.

Note: A letter from Edouard A. Stackpole, Director of the Peter Foulger Museum, dated 1971, makes a possible attribution to this Nantucket cabinetmaker, based on its similarities to a signed piece.
Estimate $800-1,200

tambour doors need to be reglued, one pilaster needs reattachment, base with shrinkage cracks.


Nantucket, Ebenezer Calef, Massachusetts, Richard Bourne, Peter Foulger Museum, cabinetmaker, Director, Edouard A. Stackpole