ANTIQUE EARLY 19TH CENTURY CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY MAHOGANY & CHERRY BUTLERS DESK - ATTRIBUTED LLOYD / BLISS
Thank you for shopping with Bay Colony Antiques. We're a third generation family owned business furnishing homes all over the world. We strive to bring you the best, fresh to market antiques offered below market value in the comfort of your own home. We are pleased to offer for sale this wonderful and rare early 19th century CT River Valley Sheraton period butlers desk.
This large and unique butlers desk contains a drop front desk drawer over 3 graduating hand cut drawers that actuate with ease. Each drawer is decorated with fine brass pulls with an embossed pineapple centered amid the backplate. Cross banded inlay, a cock bead molded face, and a fruitwood string inlay further embellish this handsome desk. The interior drop hinges hold strong and true. The interior is fitted with a 2 over 4 format with a lone center drawer. The vertical stiles are decorated with elongated figured tombstone panels and the sides feature paneled cherry sides.
We have the priveledge to handle and study countless objects in institutions and collections across the country. This desk is very special sophisticated example of high end cabinetry in the river valley. We believe this chest was made in or around Springfield, Massachusetts CA 1810 probably by the hand of the highest shops in the area possibly Pelatiah Bliss or William LLoyd's work. Cherry wood was abundant in the area and the close proximity to Boston and trade cities along the Connecticut River explains the scarce yet highly desirable mahogany veneers being used in the area. We're very partial to rare and unusual desks made outside of major metropolitan cities. The major cabinet making cities we're very prolific where a smaller western MA shop would create a fraction of the commissioned work a NYC or Boston shop would. This desk is 42 1/4" wide x 21 1/2" deep x 43" tall. When the writing surface is flipped down the work surface height is 32" tall. This desk is in its correct and true original surface with only the most minute condition flaws. We note the second drawer is missing it's interior lock and a very small veneer shrinkage on the butlers drawer wholly age appropriate with the exotic 200+ year old wood in a foreign climate. This a rare chest that'll surely be treasured by an astute collector.