While country desks were plentiful in 18th Century New England, secretary desks appear to have been much less common. Our secretary is one of the finest country versions. The piece is fitted with a fan-carved, stepped and serpentine interior. There are 11 small drawers and 3 secret compartments in the lower interior section. The upper section is fitted with 3 small drawers and 2 removable shelves.
The use of the raised panel “tombstone” doors is characteristic of the Queen Anne nature of this desk/bookcase. As on most of the finer secretaries, candle slides emerge just below the bottom of the 2 doors. We judge the original of this piece to be from Connecticut, near the Rhode Island border.
Height 78 1/4”
Writing Height 30 1/2”