John Keith Russell presents Shaker
This unique Shaker shop desk incorporates two drop-down writing surfaces, two banks of three drawers, two shelves, and two cupboards, allowing for the record keeping and universal storage for those records. Constructed of red and yellow stained pine, this freestanding case piece was made ca. 1830 by the Shaker cabinetmakers in Hancock, Massachusetts, to help document and bring order to their everyday labors. The determination of form by function was embraced in every aspect of Shaker life. This classic example shows ingenuity and purity of design even at the level of furniture to be used in the workplace.