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Dressing table

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Job Townsend, Jr., 1726–1778


30 7/8 x 34 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. (78.423 x 86.995 x 57.15 cm)



Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer sides and backs, drawer supports, interior guides for small drawers, and blocks behind front stiles); pine (drawer bottoms, backing of top rail, exterior drawer guides, backboard of case, corner blocks, traverse braces, and glue blocks between case sides and braces); maple (drawer runners and rabbeted blocks tenoned into the backboard)




“// X //,” incised on exterior back of upper drawer; “I” and “II,” in graphite, on exterior back of lower drawers; “I” and “II,” incised on interior backs and sides of lower drawers; “X,” incised below proper-left rear brace; "Prof Frieze," in graphite [location unknown]


Queen Anne


Cornelius C. Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 129. Yvette and Thomas Cole, Westchester County, New York, by 1976; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994

Associated names

Cornelius C. Moore
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Israel Sack, Inc.
Thomas Cole
Yvette Cole

See also


Clifford P. Monahon, "John Brown House Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Rhode Island History 24, no. 2 (April 1965): 38–39, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 98–99, no. 63, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 44–45, lot 129, ill.
"Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 100, no. 4 (October 1971): 505, ill.
Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 148–49, no. 97, ill.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 148, fig. 380.
Bernard Levy, "Living with Antiques: A Collection in Westchester County, New York," Antiques 125, no. 5 (May 1984): 1135, pl. III.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 211, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 15–16, 1999), 128, referenced in the catalogue entry for lot 679.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 81, fig. 87.
A Walk through the American Wing, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001), 31, fig. 23.
Jane Adlin, "Vanities: Art of the Dressing Table," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 71, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 32, fig. 41.