A Classical Carved and Figured Mahogany Bookcase on
attributed to Anthony H. Jenkins, Baltimore, Maryland,
This bookcase on stand
is highly distinctive and relates to a school of cabinetry
in Baltimore attributed to Anthony H. Jenkins. The
notable element is the pair of magnificently carved
door panels with medallions and water leaves (see
detail). Another interesting note is the raised
central drawerfront, which is not flat, but rather
graded up on four angles which meet at the central
here to see several related casepieces of this
genre, all exhibiting the above stylistic elements.
This bookcase rests on
strong columns with iconic capitals above and well-carved
paw feet with acanthus carving above. The upper drawers
are flat with satinwood banding. The wood used throughout
this casepiece is highly figured, all of which makes
a very important strong presentation; the cabinetry
and design are of the first rank. This secretary is
one of the nicest within its groupings, and this grouping
is probably one of the finest examples of Classical
casework in America.
82 in. Width: 44 in. Depth: 26 1/2 in.