Classical Secretary Bookcase, signed, 'Charles Wales, Maker.' Boston, circa 1842.
This fabulous secretary bookcase with rich mahogany veneers is of the best quality, exhibiting excellent proportion and the sublime simplicity reflective of the Boston aesthetic. The maker, Charles Wales, and the 1842 shop crew were expertly skilled craftsmen. This is evidenced by the fine construction detail, the quality of the carving, and the selection and placement of the veneers.
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