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Dressing table


Object number

RIF3326

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

30 3/4 x 32 7/8 x 17 11/16 in. (78.105 x 83.503 x 44.926 cm)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary)

Inscriptions

"X" in chalk on the exterior backs of the small drawers

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, in 1969; sold by them to a private collection, Houston, by 1975

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

CASE. The two-piece top is attached to the case sides with screws through the top rail and glue blocks at the front and back. The edges of the top have an ogee molding on the front and sides; the back edge is flat and flush with the back of the case. The backboard is dovetailed to the two-piece case sides with half keys at the top and bottom and eight full dovetails between with; the length of the dovetails is short and the pins are thick. The joint of the top rail, drawer divider and skirt with the sides are covered with a veneer. The legs are attached to the case with vertical glue blocks shaped to confrom to the knee brackets; the knee brackets are held in place with glue. The muntins are dovetailed to the drawer divider above and to the skirt below and are backed with square vertical blocks. DRAWERS: The center supports for the small drawers are nailed to rabbets in the case front and are tenoned into the case back. the Small drawer side guides are dovetailed to the muntins and tenoned into the case back.The drawer supports for the long drawer are glued to the case sides and rest on the tops of the legs. The top edges of the drawer sides have a double arched molding; the top edge of the drawer backs are flat. The drawer bottoms are nailed to a rabbet in the drawer front and to the other three sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half pins at the top and bottom; the kerf marks are short. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, March 12, 2004

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 2, p. 560, no. 1306, ill.
Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, "Living with Antiques: A Distinguished Houston Collection," Antiques 108, no. 3 (September 1975): 459, pl. 1.