This hand-carved desk was created by Studio Wendell Castle for the Gannett Company in Rochester. It features three drawers and a carved signature and date on the base (W.C. 76). It was acquired from the Gannett Company by John Quinn of Cocoa Beach, FL. The design is referenced in Wendell Castle: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1958-2012 published by Artist Book Foundation in 2016 (pg. 131); the commission was discussed in Wendell Castle Wandering Forms: Works from 1959-1979 published by Gregory R. Miller in 2012 (pg. 220-225) and in Furniture by Wendell Castle published by Hudson Hills in 1989 (ph. 48-49).
Born in Kansas, Castle (1932-2018) was a renowned furniture artist who is often credited with being the father of the American art furniture movement that took off around the 1960s. His work can be found numerous permanent collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum Atlanta, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Design Museum Ghent, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the White House, among many more.