New York Federal inlaid mahogany butler's desk, attributed to Michael Allison circa 1810, rectangular top over conforming case fitted with large secretary drawer and fallfront opening to reveal prospect door flanked by small drawers and pigeonholes, over three graduated drawers on flaring French feet; the secretary drawer with large satinwood diamond paterae encompassing a floral spray atop an urn. The silver drawer pulls and backplates appear to be original.
H45 3/8" W46" D22"

Provenance: Charlotte, North Carolina private collection.

Other Notes: This desk relates closely to a group of chests retaining labels of Michael Allison. Two examples are in the collection at Boscobel, illustrated in Tracy, Barry B., FEDERAL FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS AT BOSCOBEL. New York: Abrams, 1981. pp.94-5. Another example is in the New York State Museum and is illustrated in Scherer, John. NEW YORK FURNITURE AT THE NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM. New York: NYS Museum, 1984. p. 32.

  • refinished; minor blemishes and minor ink stains around writing surface; otherwise very good condition with wear consistent with age.

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