New York Classical mahogany secretary bookcase attributed to Duncan Phyfe circa 1815-20, top section with flat cornice and deep frieze above glazed doors flanked by flat columns with gilded capitals and bases on a mid-section with fallfront writing surface opening to reveal small drawers, pigeonholes and compartments flanked by small doors with flat columns, over a lower section with two cupboard doors, all resting on gilded and painted animal feet with leaf carving.
H98 1/2" W57" D19 1/2"
Provenance: Estate of the late Francis D. "Skeeter" McNairy, Savannah, Georgia.
Mrs. Walter Strong
Susan and Florence Olmstead (daughters of Col. Olmstead)
Colonel Charles H. Olmstead
Exhibitions: Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, May 16 to November 19, 1995. Included in the exhibition, "Classical Savannah: Fine and Decorative Arts 1800-1840."
Literature: Talbott, Page. CLASSICAL SAVANNAH, FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS, 1800-1840. Savannah, GA:Telfair Museum of Art, 1995. Illustration and literature p.128.
Illustrated in Sully, Susan. SAVANNAH STYLE: MYSTERY AND MANNERS. New York: Rizzoli, 2001, p. 2.
Other Notes: Charles Hart Olmstead (1837-1926), of Savannah, Ga., was a Confederate Army officer and member of the 1st Georgia Infantry Regiment. Olmstead was adjutant of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Regiment and, under the command of Colonel A. R. Lawton, took part in the occupation of Fort Pulaski, Ga., at the mouth of the Savannah River. When Colonel Lawton was sent to Virginia as general, Olmstead was made colonel of the 1st Georgia Regiment and remained at Fort Pulaski until he was forced to surrender. Olmstead was imprisoned at Fort Columbus, N.Y., after the surrender of Fort Pulaski. In 1863 he was at Fort Johnson on James Island, S.C., and in 1864-1865 was with troops in North Georgia.
Minor scattered veneer repair, gilded surfaces have been regilded, overall very good condition with other minor imperfections consistent with age.