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Writing desk


William Howard


c. 1870

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G304
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Furniture | Yellow pine, tobacco box and cotton crate wood
Size: 60 3/4 x 29 7/8 x 23 11/16 in. (154.31 x 75.88 x 60.17 cm)
Creation Place: North America, United States, Mississippi, Madison County
Culture: North America, United States, Mississippi
Style: 19th century
Inscriptions: Inscriptionright side of front panel, incised: [WD]; at top of topmost cubbyholes at interior, in brown: [Blackwell's Genuine / BULL DURHAM]; on underside, stenciled in black: [COTTON PIECE GOODS / FROM / THE GLENWOOD WO (illegible) / MEDFORD. MASS.];
Physical Description: drop-front desk with four-legged base; front of base decorated with high-relief carving of sword; exterior of drop-front decorated with high-relief carvings of forks and knives, bottles, gun, various tools (saw, pick axe, trowel, shovel), pocket knives, t
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Driscoll Art Accessions Endowment Fund, the John and Ruth Huss Fund for Decorative Arts, the Fred R. Salisbury II Fund, and the Deborah Davenport and Stewart Stender Endowment for American Folk Art
Accession Number: 2012.11
Artist: William Howard, American, born Africa about 1805, active until c. 1870
Role: Maker
Nationality: American
Life Dates: American, born Africa about 1805, active until c. 1870
Added to Site: March 20, 2012