Desk

Object Number: 
1929.119
Date: 
1760-1780
Medium: 
Mahogany, tulip poplar, pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 44 x 43 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. ( 111.8 x 111.1 x 59.7 cm )
Description: 
Mahogany Chippendale slant-top desk; hinged slant-top opens to rest on two lopers; interior central prospect drawer flanked by four pigeonholes with serpentine arches over two banks of two drawers; case contains four graduated drawers (with no dust boards) with brass bail handles, locks, and escutcheons (probably replacement brasses); ogee-bracket feet in rear, ball-and-claw feet with foliate scrolls on knee and carved knee brackets at front.
Gallery Label: 
According to family history, this is the desk on which George Washington signed the death warrant of Major John André in September, 1780 at his headquarters in the De Windt House in Tappan, New York.
Bibliography: 
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group