R.J. Horner & Company (1886-1915). <em>Lady's Writing Desk</em>, late 19th century. bird's-eye maple, silvered glass, leather, 69 3/4 x 27 x 18 in. Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. and Caroline S. Zoebisch Fund, 1989.158. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.1989.158.jpg)

Lady's Writing Desk

Artist:R.J. Horner & CompanyAmerican

Medium: bird's-eye maple, silvered glass, leather

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 69 3/4 x 27 x 18 in.


Museum Location: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor


Accession Number: 1989.158

Image: CUR.1989.158.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Legs, spindles and applied moldings to simulate bamboo. Raised on four legs, front feet splayed forward, joined below mid-point by double stretchers connected by three short spindles on sides and five on back, supporting a partial lower shelf. Slant-front with inset panel and wooden escutcheon above narrow drawer with two turned wooden pulls, between recessed wooden slat supports each with turned wooden pull. Super-structure with pair of narrow drawers, each with one turned wooden pull, above which is two-tiered spindled galleries with large rectangular beveled mirror at top center and an elongated beveled mirror at each side. Each tier surrounded by spindled galleries on three sides, open to front. Shelf below central mirror supported by inward-curving brackets with turned drop finials. Interior of desk fitted with new dark-red leather writing surface trimmed with tooled gold border and four small square cubbyholes at each corner against back interior. CONDITION - Very good original condition lightly cleaned and waxed.

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