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Desk and Bookcase

Victorian period
19th century
Wood, ivory

102 in. x 60 in. x 24 in. (259.08 cm x 152.4 cm x 60.96 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: W.39
Other Number(s): Deanery.351 (Deanery Number)
Classification: Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
Collection: Deanery Collection
On View: Bryn Mawr College, Taylor Hall, 2nd Floor Hallway

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  • desks and bookcases - Refers to desks surmounted by a bookcase with glazed or paneled doors. For similar English forms which have a steeply sloping lid, use "bureau-bookcases."
  • furniture - Movable or fixed objects or equipment, which may be either functional or ornamental, particularly objects for sitting, reclining, or storage, such as chairs, beds, tables, cabinets, etc., in a dwelling, business, or public space.
  • inlay - Any process by which small pieces of one material are inserted into a larger piece of another so as to create a design.
  • ivory - The modified form of dentin derived from animal teeth. The most common example is from the tusks of mature elephants; similar material is obtained from any tusked or large-toothed mammal such as a walrus or narwhal.
  • marquetry - The technique in which small pieces of specially shaped wood, or sometimes other materials such as ivory, are incorporated into a suface of decorative veneer. Distinguished from "inlay," where decorative pieces are set into a solid ground; in marquetry, the entire surface is veneered.
  • Queen Anne Style - Refers to the style of domestic architecture but also of furniture in England and the United States in the late 19th century. Drawn from the architecture of Queen Anne's reign (1702-1714) and mixed with features found in 17th century Dutch architecture, buildings are characterized by asymmetrical or irregular plans, the use of red brick and stone dressing, broken pediments, sash windows, and shaped gables while furniture features cabriole legs.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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