Desk and bookcase

Maker: Workshop of Nathaniel Gould (1734–1782)

Date: ca. 1779

Geography: Made in Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany and white pine

Dimensions: 105 x 45 x 24 in. (266.7 x 114.3 x 61 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909

Accession Number: 10.125.81a, d


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!