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MEDIUM Wood, glass
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1928
    DIMENSIONS 40 x 68 x 19 3/4 in. (101.6 x 172.7 x 50.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS impressed on brass locks of desk and cabinet "[in a circular arrangement: S/H/K" "English/ Hand Made".
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Eugene Tuck in memory of Michael and Tessie Tuch
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Eugene M. Schoen (American, 1880-1957). Desk, ca. 1928. Wood, glass, 40 x 68 x 19 3/4 in. (101.6 x 172.7 x 50.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eugene Tuck in memory of Michael and Tessie Tuch, 1993.153. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 1989.153_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Desk; Various woods, glass textile; hardware. (a) Carcass: upright rectangular form with canted corners flanked by three-tiered semi-cylindrical forms of graduated circumference with narrow space between each level for insertion of four semi-circular glass shelves; fabric pasted to surfaces of glass slots; carcass rests on conforming plinth; top drawer with fall-front on hinges sits over two-door cabinet containing one adjustable shelf; top of desk with burl veneer; front and back veneered with same in light and dark stain design in an symmetrical zigzag pattern; frame around front and back in light/dark chevron design; triangular veneer surrounds escutcheon on drawer and proper left door front; drawer of carcass has two wood knobs carved with stepped squares with canted corners with an "S" in central top square. (b) Drawer: interior of desk with ten pigeon holes in symmetrical arrangement flanking a central drawer with turned wood knob; pigeon-hole unit is separately constructed and fitted into drawer with screws; small interior drawer with burl veneer; underside of drawer-desk has two plain wooden knobs serving as stops. (c-j) eight semi-circular graduated glass shelves. (k) Key: single brass key with {triangle with two canted corners and initials SHK/ES". CONDITION: Good; veneer in front, back and top are clean, and only a few chips including two to front frame around doors and drawer; fabric is water-stained and deteriorating; veneer on sides appears t be heat damaged; wear from normal use around knobs and keyholes; interior of cabinet and drawer-desk scratched from normal wear; of glass shelves, a number are chipped, all are scratched and have deteriorated edging material (such as felt and tape); needs overall cleaning.
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