Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Desk, 1700–1730
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Eastern white pine, poplar, black walnut, ash
    39 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 19 1/8 in. (101 x 85.7 x 48.6 cm)
    Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.75)

    Slant-front desks were a new form introduced in late seventeenth-century colonial America. Their appearance is testament to an increasingly prosperous, mercantile, and literate colonial society. On this example, the teardrop-shaped drawer pulls are hallmarks of the William and Mary style, as are the large, ebonized ball feet on thick disks.

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  • Desk, 1700–1730
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Eastern white pine, poplar, black walnut, ash
    39 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 19 1/8 in. (101 x 85.7 x 48.6 cm)
    Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.75)


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