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Richard Adams
Richard Adams • 2 years ago

In the days before the proliferation of printed labels, cabinetmakers signed only their best piece. The blocked desk-and-bookcase, circa 1775, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is Gould's only signed piece. It is inscribed "Nath Gould not his work,” but Kemble Widmer and Joyce King discovered that "Nath Gould” is in Gould's hand, while "not his work” is not. It may have been written by Gould's son, also Nathaniel, or by a disgruntled worker. The 105-inch piece was likely the ...

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