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Furniture Forms => Case Furniture => Topic started by: ttalma on January 12, 2015, 09:11:27 AM

Title: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: ttalma on January 12, 2015, 09:11:27 AM
Sothebys is auctioning off the Capen family Bombe desk. Estimate $500k - $700k.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/nutt-americana-n09305/lot.256.html (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/nutt-americana-n09305/lot.256.html)

There are only a few pictures, but I didn't notice any power cable holes for your computer. So you'll have to drill you own.
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: awleonard on January 13, 2015, 09:17:22 AM
And some nice self closing slides...those old wooden slides are a little sticky after a century or so.
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: Peter Storey Pentz on January 13, 2015, 02:24:16 PM
If any of you get a hankering to reproduce this desk, let me know.  I got to look it over a few times as Ruth Nutt was one of my clients.  I miss her.   PSP
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: jeffsr on October 22, 2016, 12:45:45 PM
i will be making this desk . i cant find clear pics of the knee carving , any ideas of where to look ? my best lead so far is going to boston mfa , i guess there's a piece there with similar carving .
 thanks for any input
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: Woodmolds on October 22, 2016, 07:27:51 PM
CAPEN FAMILY CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY BOMBÉ SLANT-FRONT DESK, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1785
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: jeffsr on October 25, 2016, 08:53:16 PM
thanks !! that's awesome . do you happen to have a pic of the center drop carving too ? are these your personal photos or is there somewhere I can go to see more than the 3 or 4 pics that i can find on the Sotheby's page ?
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: Woodmolds on October 26, 2016, 09:07:18 AM
That picture was from the Sothebys site(link above). You can enlarge and zoom most of the pictures on that site.
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: jeffsr on October 26, 2016, 10:45:14 AM
oh ,  duh . I had only seen the 4 that come up , didn't realize you could scroll to see a 5th . maybe it's my phone

 thanks
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: jeffsr on October 27, 2016, 02:54:39 PM
i'm having a hard time believing that this desk is 49 1/2" wide . it doesn't look it and it doesn't scale it . you can see this if you do the math of the proportions at the base molding on the photo of the underside . if it is 22" deep then it isn't 49 1/2 wide  . i think it's 3-4" narrower     , am i missing something ?  do we know where this piece is now ?
Title: Re: Capen family Bombe desk up for auction
Post by: jeffsr on October 27, 2016, 05:23:01 PM
perspective distortion ( photography ) i guess this effect will disproportionally affect a photo . if i understand it correctly ,, something further from the camera lens appears smaller so when taking a picture of a flat rectangle the long dimension will appear shorter more than the short dimension will .
  anyone have input on this ? i'm going to experiment and take a pic of a rectangle , see what it does

yes , my photo was affected almost exactly the same as how the photo of the bottom of the desk was . now i don't doubt the given dimensions