The Rhode Island Desk and Bookcase is one of the most famous pieces of American Furniture associated with the Townsend Goddard family of cabinetmakers of Newport, Rhode Island.   There are nine know examples of this style Block and Shell Carved Desk and Bookcase,  all of which are in museums around the country except for one which sold at Christies of New York in 1989 to a private buyer for a record $12.1 Million Dollars.  This desk and bookcase is going to be a version based on 4 of the 9 known examples. The four original Secretary Desks are attributed to John Goddard and are located at the Rhode Island School of Design, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.   We made this Desk and Bookcase out of solid South American Mahogany using a spectacular plank of figured mahogany for the Drawer Fronts, Lid, door panels and pediment panels. The interior drawer parts are made from a single log of tiger maple. The parts were shop re-sawn from the larger planks.

All Carving is done by hand and all of the dovetail joinery is hand cut. 


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Carved Urn and Flame Finial
 
Newport Shell Carving Block and Shell
 

Desk and Bookcase

Newport Secretary Desk and Bookcase

Carved Mahogany Door Block Front
Newport Blocked Desk Interior Rhode Island
 
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