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Dressing table


Object number

RIF3382

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

32 x 37 x 20 1/2 in. (81.28 x 93.98 x 52.07 cm)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry (primary); white pine (backboard, drawer linings, drawer supports, blocks)

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

H. and R. Sandor, Inc., Lambertville, New Jersey. Sotheby's, New York, New York, April 10, 2007, lot 119

Associated names

H. and R. Sandor, Inc.
Sotheby's

Construction

CASE: The two-piece top is held to the frame with wooden pegs driven from the top; the top overhangs the back of the case and the back edge is plain. Half-blind dovetails fasten the backboard to the case sides with half pins at the top and bottom and five full dovetails with thick necks between them. The joints of the top rail, the drawer divider, and the front skirt to the sides are covered with veneer. Glue blocks fasten the legs to the case sides. The center drawer supports for the three small drawers are tenoned into the case back and the front skirt. Vertical blocks for the muntins slide from the back in grooves on the underside of the drawer divider and are rabbetted to fit a slat in the back of the skirt. The guides for the center drawer are tenoned into the vertical blocks at the front and at the rear they are tenoned into the backboard. DRAWERS: On the small drawers half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with a half pin at the top and a half pin at the bottom which has been rabbeted to accommodate the drawer bottom. The drawer bottoms on the small drawers are nailed to the underside of the sides; the kerf marks are short. On the long drawer, on the two-piece bottom the grain of the wood runs from side to side; the bottom is chamfered at the front and let into a groove in the drawer front; it is flush with the sides and running strips are attached. The top edges of the drawer sides are flat. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, April 9, 2007.

Bibliography

"H. and R. Sandor, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 88, no. 3 (September 1965): 263, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (October 4, 2007), 104, lot 119, ill.