Date: 1700–1730

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Made in Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Black walnut, ash, white pine, poplar

Dimensions: 40 x 33 3/4 x 19 in. (101.6 x 85.7 x 48.3 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909

Accession Number: 10.125.75


Desks such as this one, combining the chest-of drawers and desk-box forms in one unit, became fashionable in Boston in the early eighteenth century. The slant-front lid is enlivened by richly figured burl veneers. It is hinged at the bottom and opens to provide a flat writing surface.