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Dressing Table

1955.394 (RS81011)

Description

Dressing table. Black walnut veneer on top, soft maple legs and case sides, white pine secondary wood. Rectangular top with molded edge. Drawers configured with one long drawer above three smaller drawers. Drawer fronts framed by herringbone bands. Rests on four cabriole legs with pad feet.

Details

Label
The wide overhanging top on this piece suggests why these were often called dressing “tables.” The broad surface provided a versatile space for the placement of a variety of items, whether for dressing or social purposes. Eighteenth-century inventories often list dressing tables as “chamber tables” in reference to their location in a bedchamber rather than to their specific purpose. Eighteenth-century Massachusetts residents might have placed toiletry items on their dressing table, but they could also use it to hold a tea service for the lady of the household and her friends. This example was likely made around 1740-1760 in the Salem-Danvers area.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1740-1760
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
Norway spruce (wood)
black walnut (wood)
maple (wood)
veneering
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
black walnut (wood)
case furniture
dressing tables
Maple
maple (wood)
Norway spruce (wood)
Pine
Queen Anne
TABLE, DRESSING
tables (support furniture)
Veneered
veneering
Walnut
Dimensions
30 x 34 7/8 x 22 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1955.394
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
63435

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