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Chippendale Block-Front Slant Lid Desk

Boston, Massachusetts
Circa 1770
Mahogany, white pine, original cast brass hardware
Desk drawer signed four times “Phillip Holborn”
H: 44″; W: 44.5″; D: 23″

This desk is a classic example of Boston design. The blocked façade with flattened arches in the top drawer and the layout of the interior conform to Boston norms.  Finely figured mahogany and outstanding interior.

See Harbor and Home entry 67 pp 195-6 for a similar Boston example with straight bracket feet.

Israel Sack, Inc. advertisement, Magazine Antiques, v. 68, no. 4, October 1955.

Why we love it:  A proven winner.  Sack provenance and has been in some of the best American collections.  With first rate mahogany and expressive ogee feet, it is really hard to beat this desk.