Chippendale Mahogany Shell-Carved Desk
Attributed to Samuel Loomis (American, 1748-1814)
Colchester, Connecticut, 1774-1800
H. 43 _ in.; W. 37 _ in.; D. 21 in.
Note: Appears to retain its original brass
Provenance: By family tradition, this desk belonged to John Pierpont Morgan (1837- 1913) of Hartford, Connecticut;
Emily Stansbury (Rich) Brown (1869-1949) and Dr. Charles H. Brown, Mt. Vernon, New York, as a wedding present, 1894;
To their daughter, Eleanor (Brown) Pack Hibben (1898-1992) and Arthur N. Pack, Waterbury, Connecticut, as a wedding present, 1919;
Thence by descent to their grandson, the present owner
Estimate: $30,000 - $60,000
Condition: Overall, this desk is in remarkable state of preservation. The surface has been cleaned at some point. Locks on the second and third drawers are missing. The writing surface has a one inch wide section replaced at the juncture to the desk. There were at least two other sets of hinges as evidenced by patches on the stationary board of the writing surface. Small vertical wood strips have been added at juncture of backboard and case sides to fill gaps on the back. Characteristic of Loomis group-- the dovetails are at the front of the sides of each drawer and reversed in the back of the drawers.