Peter Hunt Folk Art Painted Desk and Chair
American (Massachusetts), ca 1930-1960. A folk art painted desk and chair attributed to Peter Hunt (American, 1896-1967), the desk having a rectangular top with a gallery and molded edges above a paneled fall front opening to a fitted interior with shelves, pigeonholes, and drawers, the case painted with fruit and floral swags tied with ribbons and further embellished with birds, hearts, stars, and musical notes, all against a yellow ground, the fall front marked Anno Domini '41 and 'ovince beside a love letter inscribed Pour...Mon amour...Moi, the whole rising on a trestle base with Si tu veux garder un secret, ne le confie à personne written on the stretcher, translating to If you want to keep a secret, don't tell anyone. The chair having a shaped, plank back and seat above four square legs connected by an X-stretcher, painted with fruit and floral swags tied with ribbons and accented with hearts and a bird, all against a white ground; desk ht. 41.25, wd. 25.75, dp. 11.75 in. (closed).
Some surface wear including chips, age splits, and scuffs. Some paint crazing and losses, especially to the chair seat and desk gallery. A couple of losses to the back edges of the desk case with a crack/break to the left side of the base stretcher. A couple of small breaks to the interior corners of the writing surface where it touches the case. Desk interior missing one drawer.