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American chippendale desk

American Chippendale slant front desk. Reportedly from early 1800's or late 1700's. Seller's auction report says the wood is Birch, but resembles Walnut to me. Side panels and lid are one piece of wood. All but one lock is present, brasses look original, and there is no overt sign of refinishing. Although the finish is dull and I'm not convinced it hasn't been worked on. Some cracking in the lid. Repairs to several drawers. Front legs repaired. Interior drawers have black fronts; I'm not sure if this is orginal 'ebonization' or has been painted.

American Furniture
Auction documents say birch; may be walnut
Distinguishing marks: 
Date Period: 
Late 1700's, early 1800's
Size and dimensions of this item: 
Approximately 4' X 4' X 2'
Bought at auction by seller in 2006
For Sale?: 


fenobbler's picture

chippendale slant front desk does appear to be walnut. looks like it has been refinished. secondary wood (drawer sides) appears to be oak or walnut, which would indicate english origin. american piece would be pine.the market for this type of piece is very weak. I would value it at $750- $1000. a few years ago it would have been double

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