Shaker Red-painted Maple and Butternut Sewing Desk, probably Alfred, Maine, c. 1850, the upper section with central door flanked by six drawers above the projecting lower section with pullout work surface, four short drawers and a long drawer, all with paneled sides, all on four swelled and tapering legs, old red paint, the drawers unpainted, ht. 37 3/4, case wd. 29 1/4, case dp. 23 1/4 in.
Literature: For a stylistically similar desk with a different drawer arrangement, see Rieman and Burks, The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, (New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993), p. 282, pl. 250.
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