Bureau Bookcase or Secretary Bookcase - ROM2007_9307_1


Bureau Bookcase or Secretary Bookcase

Maker: Unidentified maker
Medium:Mahogany, pine, poplar, brass
Geography: United States (likely). Possibly used in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Date: c. 1755-1775
213.4 (height) x 111.8 (width) x 92.0 (depth) cm
Object number: 962.81
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. St. George Spendlove
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada
DescriptionFor many years this was the star piece of the ROM’s early English-style furniture from Quebec. It was thought to have belonged to the Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria’s father, when he lived in Quebec City (1791-1793). The grandeur of this piece is an anomaly in colonial Canadian furniture and were it not for the pine and poplar, this could have been from a cabinetry workshop in England.  There is a strong possiblity that it is colonial American. 
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