Sack catalogue description: Chippendale San Domingan mahogany secretary-desk, closed bonnet top of typical Newport design with divided paneled scrollboard, the inner arch bordered by finely wrought ogival moldings in deep relief; original stop-fluted finials, rectangular deep chamfered door panels, ogee bracket feet; blocked and shell-carved desk interior with scooped drawer pigeonhole terminals, upper interior with cyma-scrolled vertical dividers, choice ruddy brown patina. This secretary descended from Jonathan Nichols (1700–1774) of Newport, Rhode Island, who owned the White Horse Tavern; it was purchased by us from a seventh generation descendant of Jonathan Nichols. A letter from the descendant outlining this history and other related family documents will be given to the purchaser. The family descent follows: Jonathan Nichols (1700–1774); Walter Nichols (1748–1823); William Stoddard Nichols (1785–1871); Thomas Pitman Nichols (1816–1897); Othniel Foster Nichols (1845–1908). The comparison of the desk interior to that of our labeled John Townsend desk (P3448), is remarkable; the two interiors are illustrated for comparison. The detail illustrations shown in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 4, p. 917, pl. P3555 compare the pigeonhole terminal drawers from the labeled Townsend desk and Nichols secretary; on the basis of these comparisons, ascription of this secretary to John Townsend is assured. Related objects: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 3, p. 790–791, pl. P3448. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 915–917, pl. P3555.
Chippendale mahogany secretary-desk
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style Furniture--United States
desks and bookcases (AAT) secretaries (furniture) (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, November 1972 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.