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Updyke Rhode Island Desk and Bookcase


Mixing traditional furniture with contemporary decor adds interest, contrast, and depth. This finely crafted mahogany piece is a reproduction* of a desk and bookcase in the Winterthur collection. It was made for the Updyke family in the 1770's, that was one of ten block-fronted examples crafted by members of the Townsend and Goddard families of Kingston and Newport, Rhode Island. Block front, or the raised-recessed-raised triad of panels with the shell as an integral part of each, is considered to be uniquely American.

The last one remained in private hands was sold at Christie's on June 3, 1989 for $12.1 million, a world record-breaking price. The hand carving represents 37 hours by meticulous artisans to achieve the beautiful and precise look of the original. Seventeen drawers and six compartments line the desk, and the ten separate sections int he bookcase are channeled to allow numerous subdivisions.

*Winterthur's exacting standards require that reproductions may not vary more than 1/8th" of the original.

• Made in the USA.

• Hand carved mahogany with brass hardware.

• Various finishes available upon request.

• Dimensions: 45.75"W x 26"D x 98"H.

• Due to the handcrafted nature, please allow up to 16 weeks for delivery.

• Gift wrapping is unavailable for this item. It is made to order and ships directly from the supplier.

A floor model is available. For significant savings, please call 1-800-448-3883 ex. 4792 or email
Please allow 16 weeks for delivery.

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