Accession No.: F 76.30
Object: Secretary Bookcase
Maker/Artist: Probably Duncan Phyfe
Room: Mrs. Dyckman’s Room
Description: The secretary bookcase is in two parts. The upper bookcase section has three adjustable shelves behind glazed doors with pointed arch mullions below a veneered frieze and simple cove cornice. Two side-by-side drawers are at the bottom of the upper case. The proper left drawer is fitted for writing implements. The lower case has a folding writing flap that is supported by the full-width drawer immediately below. The bottom-most drawers at each side have mahogany veneers on mahogany drawer fronts. The center of the lower case has an arched kneehole with small square drawers at each lower side. The lower case stands on turned and reeded legs terminating in brass ferule feet on the front legs and rear mahogany feet in the same profile. Drawer pulls are cast lion’s heads. Upper case backboards are two vertical fielded panels. Lower case has a single horizontal backboard.
Place of Origin: New York
Date: 1810-20
Materials: Mahogany, tulip poplar, white pine
Dimensions (inches): 75 x 43 5/8 x 20 1/8″
Provenance: Descended in the Verplanck family through Mrs. Gertrude Kneveles. Purchased from Fenton L.B. Brown New York, NY, 11/1/76, who states on his invoice that the secretary descended in Verplanck family. The original accession record also identifies ownership by Mrs. Gertrude Kneveles and use in Mount Gulian, the Hudson River seat of the Verplanck family in Fishkill, N.Y., but offers no further substantiation.
Condition: Brasses are replacements in original holes.
Credit Line: Purchase, 1976

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