Furnishings and Furniture; Furniture
This satinwood desk belonged to Mary Elizabeth Garrett and was likely brought from her Baltimore, Maryland, home when she moved into the Deanery in 1904. The desk has an open front with cabinet ends, a rounded back, and a brass gallery rail top, and it is elaborately inlaid with various colored woods.
In archival photographs, the desk as well as several Queen Anne-style side chairs – all likely dating to the 18th century – can be seen in Garrett’s bedroom on the second floor of the Deanery.
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- Refers to the style identified with Scottish-born architect Robert Adam (1728-1792), prevalent in Great Britain from 1760-1790. Inspired by archaeological discoveries in Herculaneum and Pompeii, the Adam style is characterized by austere but refined Classical forms, symmetry, detail, and geometric precision.
- Alloy of copper and zinc, usually with copper as the major alloying element and zinc up to 40% by weight. For an alloy consisting mainly of copper, combined most often with tin, but at times also with other metals, use "bronze (metal)."
- Various forms of furniture for readers or writers, generally having a flat writing surface and often drawers and other compartments.
- 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.
- General term for wood from several species of trees, characterized by being very hard, yellowish brown in color, and having a satiny luster; used especially for fine woodworking and tools.
- Writing desks, generally fall-front desks sitting on top of a chest of drawers, having compartments, slots, and cubbyholes above. For secretaries surmounted by a bookcase, use "secretaries-bookcases." The term "secretary" originally referred to a small, portable writing desk, often with drawers, that was placed on top of a table. In modern usage, these small portable desks are generally called "escritoires," and the term "secretaries" refers to larger pieces meant to be placed against a wall.
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The following Bibliography exist for this object:
Ruth Levy Merriam,
A History of the Deanery.
The Deanery Committee and The Deanery Management Committee.
Bryn Mawr College, 1965
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