This walnut William and Mary period escritoire or fall-front desk is perhaps the only surviving American-made example of the form. It was the top-priced lot at Skinner’s Americana auction in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on August 10. Dennis Carr, curator of American decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, battled dealer William Stahl of Millbrook, New York, until Carr won it for the museum for $270,000 (includes buyer’s premium). A full account of the sale will be carried in a future edition.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest