$127,000 Maysville Desk Sold at Auction
An inlaid cherry desk bookcase, which experts believe was probably made in Maysville, Kentucky, around 1790-1810, sold June 4th for $127,000 at Skinner Inc., an auction house in Boston. The piece, also called a Hepplewhite butler's desk with bookcase, is possibly by a Mason County school of design. It has extensive inlay including four eagles with a "liberty" cap.
The desk was owned by Revolutionary War soldier George Carlyle, who immigrated to Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1779 and whose family owned the piece until the auction.