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Decorative Arts and Design

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Maple, zebrawood, walnut
DATES 1977
DIMENSIONS 29 x 64 x 40 in. (73.7 x 162.6 x 101.6 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Carved into wood on underside, near left leg: "W.C.77"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
CREDIT LINE This acquisition was made possible through the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Organic, triangular-shaped, three-legged maple desk with zebrawood and walnut inlay. Top in shape of elongated triangle with curving sides; about 3" in from the edges is thin border of walnut (?) inlay, filled in with veneer of eight triangular panels of striped wood radiating from front right corner and forming a sort of herring-bone pattern. Each corner projects out into a rounded knob that is joined with mortise and tenon joints to three legs. Each leg is carved in the form of a tapering, stylized deer leg that breaks outward toward the bottom like the foot. Underside of top also has a thin border of walnut inlay and a central panel of striped wood inlay. Drawer with rounded handle along bottom edge inset flush with curving front edge, just right of center. At front of drawer interior is a narrow, shallow compartment for pencils; drawer bottom is lined with matching striped wood. CONDITION: Excellent except for a few shiny spots on finish of top.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Wendell Castle (American, 1932–2018). Desk, 1977. Maple, zebrawood, walnut, 29 x 64 x 40 in. (73.7 x 162.6 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, This acquisition was made possible through the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 82.113. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.113_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 82.113_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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