Mahogany and Mahogany Veneer Glazed Desk/Bookcase, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, c. 1800-15, the upper section with molded cornice above two glazed doors with four gothic arches, set into the lower section with foldout writing surface above four graduated drawers on cutout base with flaring French feet, ht. 72, wd. 40, dp. 20 in.
Provenance: Originally owned by Joseph Akerman (1740-1832), and housed at the Akerman Mansion at 61 Islington Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Descended in the family along with other Portsmouth-made furniture until 1987, when it was acquired by the consignor. Included with this lot are pages of genealogy relating to the Akerman family, as well as copies of Akerman household inventories, including one from 1823 that lists a "Mahogany Secretary" (presumably this one) at $25.00. The Akerman house, built in 1788, was referred to in a 1910 newspaper article as the most "thoroughly built" of the ancient residences of Portsmouth.
One glass cracked, some veneer patching and loss. Baise worn. Minor shrinkage cracks. No major restoration or repair.
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