John & Rico's

Antique Furniture from The Drawing Room.

# 5035. A lady's writing desk. Att. to A.H. Davenport Company of Boston, Ma. Size: 27" wide x 16" deep x 39" tall; the writing surface when opened is 19" deep. Birds eye Maple and Maple. c. 1885-90. The high style desk reflects American Art Nouveau and Colonial Revival in the same design. The key escution is a Nouveau/Gothic interpretation. Condition: original surface: very dirty showing continued use. There are applied leaf and scroll decoration on the sides and front of this desk and some of that applied decoration is missing and must be recarved when restored. When opened this desk reveal the writing surface and two small drawers. Under the writing surface is a large pull out drawing (that does not lock). Price: $1,450.00.

Info about Francis Bacon:Francis Henry Bacon had received a degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1877 and spent several years working with such architecture firms as the prestigious McKim, Meade and Bigelow in New York. During these years he also traveled and studied in Europe, working on the excavations of Assos, Turkey during two years of travel with the Archaeological Institute of America. Francis Bacon first designed furniture for Herter Brothers, the firm engaged by William H. Vanderbilt to decorate his New York City mansion. In 1883, Bacon began working in the office of celebrated American architect H.H. Richardson. By 1885 he had become principle designer for A. H. Davenport and Company, where he later served as vice-president. There he translated the handcraft ideals of the late 19th century into machine-produced furniture designs. Because of Bacon's earlier affiliation with Richardson's firm, and because Richardson's office was extremely busy at the time, Bacon, and in turn Davenport and Company, were given furniture commissions for many of Richardson's late buildings. Such commissions included the Converse Memorial Library and the Glessners' house, for which furniture was designed and executed under the supervision of Richardson's architects.

View of the applied carved decoration.

The feet represent an Art Nouveau/Queen Anne style

View of the writing surface

View of the back side of the writing desk

View of the escution (we have no key)

The birds eye maple is very striking

The inside of the wrting surface



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