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Desk and bookcase

Made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Mahogany, satinwood, holly, verre églomisé with cedar, pine
68 3/4 x 30 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (174.6 x 77.5 x 59.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 730
The verre églomisé panels—reverse paintings on glass—on the front of this desk depict Faith, Moses, and an unidentified male figure, above, and Temperance and Justice on the doors. Most Americans in this period were well versed in the meaning of allegorical figures such as these. The desk originally belonged to Dr. Edward Harris of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.
Dr. Edward Harris, Queen Anne's County, Maryland; Severn Teackle Wallis, Baltimore, from ca. 1886; his niece, Mrs. James Fortescue Giffen, Baltimore; her daughter, Mrs. Louise Giffen Fishburn, Baltimore, until 1934
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