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Dressing bureau


Object number

RIF1755

Maker

Maker attributed Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808 - 1826

Dimensions

182.88 x 96.52 x 53.34 cm (72 x 38 x 21 in.)

Date

1814

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany, rosewood, and lightwood veneers (primary); mahogany (drawer stops of lower case and blocks on underside of upper case); chestnut (back of mirror, back of upper case, and sides and backs of drawers of lower case); pine (backboards of lower case, drawer supports and guides of lower case, drawer divider backs, horizontal and vertical rails of lower case, backings of drawer fronts, bottom of upper case, and blocks on mirror crest [?]); yellow poplar (sides and backs of drawers of upper case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“N 1,” in graphite, on backs of mirror, crest, and upper and lower case; “D Wolf[?],” in graphite, on back of mirror; “3 ¼ Hours,” in graphite, on back of lower case; “BEKINS / VAN & STORAGE CO. / HOLLYWOOD CALF. / LOT PIECE / 32490,” printed in blue on paper label glued to exterior case back; “N 1,” in chalk, on exterior of upper case back; “1” through “3,” in chalk and graphite, on interior bottoms of drawers of upper case; an arc and “1” through “3,” in graphite, on interior backs of drawers of upper case; “X,” in graphite, on interior fronts of drawers marked “1” and “3;” an arc, in graphite, on the interior front of drawer marked “2;” “1” through “3,” in graphite, on front rail of upper case under corresponding drawers; “X1,” in graphite, on interior back of upper drawer of lower case; “1,” in graphite, on interior bottom of upper drawer of lower case; “X2,” in graphite, on interior back of middle drawer of lower case; “V,” incised on interior back of middle drawer of lower case; “2,” in graphite, on interior bottom of middle drawer of lower case; an arc and “II,” in graphite, on interior front of middle drawer of lower case; an arc and “3,” in graphite, on interior back of bottom drawer of lower case; an arc and “III,” in graphite, on interior front of bottom drawer of lower case; “1,” in graphite, on proper-right interior side of lower case; “2[?],” in graphite, on proper-left interior side of lower case; “1” and “2,” in graphite, on the top of dividers under top and middle drawers of lower case; “3,” in chalk, on top of drawer divider under bottom drawer of lower case; “Thayer,” compass work designs, doodle, and “N1,” in graphite, on exterior top of lower case; an arc, in graphite, on underside of upper case

Style

Sheraton

Provenance

Mrs. Raymond Henry Jones Perry (née Mary Ann DeWolf), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent in the Perry family to Patricia Payson Hunt, Lowell, Massachusetts; sold to Shreve, Crump and Low, Boston, ca. 1975; sold to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1977

Associated names

Mary Ann DeWolf
Patricia Payson Hunt
Shreve, Crump and Low Company

See also


Bibliography

"News: College Museums, Exhibitions, Catalogues, Acquisitions, Information, Other Museums," Art Journal 36, no. 2 (1977): 343, ill.
Christopher P. Monkhouse, "American Furniture Recently Acquired by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 127, pl. III, ill.
Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "The Rawson Family of Cabinetmakers in Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 140, referenced in fig.12.
Carla Mathes Woodward and Franklin W. Robinson, eds., A Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, exh. cat. (Providence, R.I.: RISD Museum, 1985), 322, no. 276, ill.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 67–68, no. 14, ill.
Allison M. Eckardt, "Books About Antiques," Antiques 131, no. 5 (May 1987): 986.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 15–16, 1999), 187, referenced in catalog entry for lot 729.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 4, 53, 109, 437–39, no. 104.