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1975

  • We acquired this object.

2008

2022

  • You found it!

Portable Desk (England)

This is a Portable desk. It is dated 1840s and we acquired it in 1975. Its medium is papier-mâché, mother-of-pearl, wood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Mrs. Rogers Denckla. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Rogers Denckla.

  • Desk Set
  • favrile glass, etched bronze.
  • Gift of Mrs. Eric Larrabee.
  • 1997-11-4/9

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Side Chair (England)
  • papier-mâché, mother of pearl, caning, wood.
  • Gift of Jennifer C. Kruger and Lucy C. Stark.
  • 1977-113-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a): 13 x 47 x 36 cm (5 1/8 x 18 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.) H x W x D (b): 72.5 x 49.1 x 38.4 cm (28 9/16 x 19 5/16 x 15 1/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Inside of lock of top lid marked, "V R" patent (upside down)

Cite this object as

Portable Desk (England); papier-mâché, mother-of-pearl, wood; H x W x D (a): 13 x 47 x 36 cm (5 1/8 x 18 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.) H x W x D (b): 72.5 x 49.1 x 38.4 cm (28 9/16 x 19 5/16 x 15 1/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. Rogers Denckla; 1975-48-1-a/c

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