American, Garrard or Madison County, Kentucky
Tambour Desk, 1800 ‑ 1820
Cherry, poplar, other woods
43 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 20 1/2 in. (110.5 × 102.9 × 52.1 cm.)
From the Noe Collection, Gift of Bob and Norma Noe, Lancaster, Kentucky 2009.5 a,b
What’s the function?
This example combines the functions of a desk with those of a dressing table. It has a fold-out writing surface as well as a top drawer fitted to hold a mirror, cosmetics, and other dressing accessories. Meanwhile, larger desks combined space for writing with space for books, ledgers, and other items.