Chippendale cherry slant front desk featuring an unusual waterfall interior. Colchester School, Connecticut, 1795 – 1810.
This Chippendale cherry desk features a distinctive waterfall interior related to the interior of the important Chippendale block front desk signed by Benjamin Burnham (ca.1729-1773) of Colchester, Connecticut, now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 18.110.58. While the interior of the Chippendale slant front desk in the Copeland Collection is simplified, all of the distinctive elements are included. While the original Federal hardware support a date between 1795 and 1810, it is compelling to see that Benjamin Burnham’s sophisticated design continued to influence cabinetmakers in the Colchester area for decades after his death.