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Desk and Bookcase

Artist/Maker:
Krause, Johannes
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1794-1795
Medium:
wood; (See Description)
Dimensions:
HOA: 97 1/4″; WOA: 53″ (at cornice); DOA: 25 3/8″ (at deepest point)
Accession Number:
2664.1
Description:
Desk and Bookcase; desk veneered with matched crotch-figured panels of cherry surrounded by banding of two strings of light wood (possibly ash) and a band of mahogany. Fallboard, drawers, and case sides are treated in this manner, with each panel of veneer surrounded with cross banding of cherry. The case edges are lip-molded, as are the fallboard edges; drawers have an applied cock-bead. Desk interior is fitted with two ranks of stepped drawers surrounding a shelved prospect fitted with drawers in the top partition; the right side of the prospect was altered ca. 1810-1830 with a locked door and a tier of drawers. The domed pediment bookcase is solid cherry with applied molding at the edges of the raised-panel fields, the fields being veneered with matched crotch cherry. All hardware replaced except for four pulls on interior drawers.
PRIMARY WOODS: Cherry and cherry veneer, with banding and stringing of walnut and an unidentified hardwood.
SECONDARY WOODS: desk case of yellow pine, back of poplar, drawer interiors of poplar, bookcase back of poplar.
History:
LABEL NOTES: This piece descended in the family of Mr. Herbert H. Crist and is presumed to be the former property of Rudolph Christ, the potter.
RELATED NAME: Christ, Rudolph
Credit Line:
Old Salem Purchase Fund