Desk

Desk
Desk
Title
Desk
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Object Number 
1929.119
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group