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Sun, Jan 12, 2020 11:00AM EST
Lot 227

Historic Maj. John Dix Chippendale Knee Hole Desk

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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Historic Chippendale knee hole desk or bureau table. New York, circa 1760. The molded rectangular top above a compact case of drawers, consisting of one long drawer, over flanking banks of graduated short drawers, centering a shell and scroll carved blind drawer, above a recessed paneled cubby. The case is supported by four crisply carved frontal ball and claw feet. The rear feet, an ogee bracket profile in the New York manner. Mahogany with red gum and tulip poplar secondary woods. Recently discovered in the United Kingdom after more than a century of expatriation. In an as-descended, un-restored state, the bureau retains a full set of important original brasses and a good, historic old surface. H 33-3/4", Case W 34", case D18". Condition: old repair patch to rear corner of top. Minor checking to left side of cabinet. 19th century flat iron support brace under top. Typical multiple re-blocking campaigns to leg supports, old repairs to rear bracket feet. Minor old losses to frontal feet claws. Partial loss to back of one brass plate. Old over-paint to back boards. Formerly the property of John Adams Dix (1798-1879), a US Civil War (Union) major general, US secretary of the treasury and US senator. He was also United States minister to France from 1866 to 1869 and served as New YorkÕs 24th governor from 1873 to 1874. As a civilian, Dix was president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1863-1868, during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. See this link for High-Res Images