Lot 239

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Carved mahogany "Presidential Resolute Desk" rectangular top with ovolo corners inset with gilt-tooled leather panel, three frieze drawers per side, on double pedestals with doors and drawers cornered with fluted quarter columns on plinths, with intricate moldings and carvings; mounted with brass plaquette detailing history of original desk.
H29 1/4" W76" D49"

Provenance: South Carolina private collection.

Other Notes: The Resolute desk was a nineteenth-century partners' desk often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House Oval Office. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute. Many presidents since Rutherford Hayes have used the desk at various locations in the White House, but it was Jackie Kennedy who first brought the desk into the Oval Office in 1960 for President Kennedy. It was removed from the White House for only one time, and this was after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, when President Johnson allowed the desk to go on a traveling exhibition with the Kennedy Presidential Library. After this it was on display in the Smithsonian. President Jimmy Carter brought the desk back to the Oval Office, where President Ronald Reagan, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama have used it in this, its most famous location.

  • Very good condition with minor scratches and blemishes.

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March 26, 2011 10:00 AM EDT
West Columbia, SC, US

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