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If This Mahogany Desk Could Talk: A Colorful Tale of Aaron Burr and His Wives

An unpretentious mahogany desk from the 1830s might easily go unnoticed in Bartow-Pell’s upstairs parlor. Although this ordinary piece is of little interest to connoisseurs of fine furniture, the fact that it belonged to the tempestuous patriot Aaron Burr definitely … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Patron: Isaac Bell and Saint-Mémin

Who originally slept in Bartow-Pell’s Lannuier bed? Isaac Bell (1768–1860) and his wife, Mary Ellis Bell (1791–1871), of New York City commissioned the bedstead from Charles-Honoré Lannuier (1779–1819) upon their marriage in 1810, and the cabinetmaker completed it between 1812 … Continue reading

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