Pedestal Desk, about 1830
Stephen Smith & Co., Boston (active 1829–at least 1860)
Mahogany (secondary woods: ash and poplar), with leather top, tooled
29 11/16 in. high, 48 1/4 in. wide, 28 1/4 in. deep
Signed (in top left drawer, with stencil): STEPHEN SMITH & CO. / MANUFACTURER / [next line or two lines illeg.; from a related desk also signed by Smith with an identical stencil, the entire text of the stenciled label in this desk can be established as the following: STEPHEN SMITH & CO. / MANUFACTURERS OF / BANK & OFFICE FURNITURE / 51 & 53 [Co]RNHILL BOSTON].
EXHIBITED: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1999–2000, Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1810–1840, p. 71 no. 31 illus. in color // Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 2007, For Work & For Play: A Selection of American Neo-Classical Furniture, no. 29 (not in catalogue)
EX COLL.: Nathan Appleton (1779-1861), 39 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, who married Harriot Coffin Sumner (1802–1867) in 1839; by descent to their daughter, Harriot Sumner Appleton (1841–1923), who married Greely Freeman Curtis (1830–1897) in 1863; by descent to their daughter Harriot Sumner Curtis (1881–1974), Manchester, Massachusetts, until 1974; and by descent, until 1995