Desk and bookcase, ca. 1779
Workshop of Nathaniel Gould (American, 1734–1782)
Mahogany, white pine; 105 x 45 x 24 in. (266.7 x 114.3 x 61 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909 (10.125.81a)
Stately proportions, carefully chosen figured mahogany, and a lustrous old finish combine to make this the finest of the Salem secretaries with blocked drawers, arched door panels, and a broken-scroll pediment. The desk bears a remarkable inscription—Nathaniel Gould not his work—the latter part presumably penned by the talented journeyman who made the masterpiece and did not want his master to get credit for it!