Americana Furniture and Interiors
Kittinger, "Benjamin Franklin" Desk- $4500
As part of the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in Philadelphia, the Kittinger Company was commissioned to reproduce Benjamin Franklin's desk for The Independence Hall Park Collection. Franklin's original desk is now housed at Franklin Court in Philadelphia and dates to 1770. Made of solid mahogany, this extremely rare kneehole style desk features abundant storage including three hidden compartments. The amphitheater upper drawers are shell carved and the cock-beaded lower drawers and all door panels are executed in superior crotch mahogany veneers. In addition, there are two candle drawer pulls to support the fall front. There is extensive use of dove tail joinery and complex case construction. Both inner and outer casefronts have fluted quarter columns and the case rests on beautifully executed ogee bracket feet.
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