Mahogany; tulip poplar, white pine
Overall: 30 x 46 x 14 1/2 in. ( 76.2 x 116.8 x 36.8 cm )
Curved mahogany desk section from Federal Hall; unit part of larger circular or oval seating arrangement; slant-toped writing surface with two rectangular pen and ink bottle wells above two drawers with scratch-beaded fronts and brass bail handle and escutchon (probably replaced according to accession records), carved oval paterae on ends of inner rail; left side of left drawer opening filled in to accomodate smaller drawer, possibly from another desk; two tapered cylindrical legs with stop-fluting and bulbous feet on inner side of curve, two straight cylindrical legs with stop fluting on outer side of curve; tenons on left side to join desk with other desk segments; according to the accession records, this desk is half the size of an original, and the legs have been cut down.
Gift of the Corportation of the City of New York
This desk was part of the furnishings of Federal Hall, New York City, the home of the First U.S. Congress of the United States. The furniture has been attributed to Pierre L'Enfant, the architect of Federal Hall, but this has not been substantiated. Other pieces from Federal Hall are in the Museum of the City of New York.
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