Writing desk

Writing desk
Title
Writing desk
Date 
1790-1820
Medium 
Mahogany, wood, brass, metal, textile
Dimensions 
Desk: 9 x 20 3/8 x 12 1/4 in. (22.9 x 51.8 x 31.1 cm)
Description 
Rectangular mahogany veneered writing desk with flat, hinged lid, borders on lid and front of desk, each defined by thin inlaid strip of metal with decorative fleur-de-lis motifs inside each corner, rounded edges bound in metal, metal handles flush with each side of desk, and round escutcheon; inside lid, cream damask accordion file with two compartments, with cardboard front covered in blue damask and bordered with gold braid; lid opens to reveal flat surface covered in black felt, in front of set of compartments (with tray and baton) balanced on top of three narrow drawers with cloth pulls; flat surface folds out to reveal slanted writing surface covered in black textile; front half of writing surface can be folded back to reveal narrow compartment; top half can be folded back to reveal larger compartment extending to back of desk, under static bank of compartments and drawers; contains strip of wood.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Mary Davis Egan, 1966
Object Number 
INV.8705
Marks 
stamped: on escutcheon: "Patented"; maker's mark (?) of three paws written: on piece of paper found with object (also with some typewriting): "Gift of the Estate of Mary Davis Egan, through by Mrs. Josephine Warwick, 27-47 Crescent St/Astoria, L.I., N.Y./Mary Davis Egan, dau. of Matthew H. Davis"; "Aaron Burr's Writing Desk, April 1966" Hand written in ink on underside of inner drawer, Chinese characters.
Gallery Label 
According to a piece of paper found with the object, this writing desk belonged to Aaron Burr. (See Inscriptions)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group