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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 437

    A FEDERAL MAHOGANY WRITING DESK

    NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1815

    Price Realised  

    A FEDERAL MAHOGANY WRITING DESK
    New England, circa 1815
    Bearing a brass plaque inscribed Daniel Russell/Nantucket and containing a collection of Capt. Russell's personal papers
    7¼ in. high, 15½ in. wide, 10¼ in. deep


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    Containing insights into the public and private pursuits of Captain Daniel Russell (1784-1858), this writing desk houses a wealth of his correspondence from both land and at sea spanning the entirety of his life. A successful whaling ship captain, Russell was the commander of the Essex in four voyages between 1809 and 1818 prior to its historic disaster during its next expedition with George Pollard as master (Charles H. Carpenter, Jr. and Mary Grace Carpenter The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket (New York, 1987), p. 167).

    Provenance

    Captain Daniel Russell (1784-1858)