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Dressing bureau


Object number

RIF4548

Maker

Maker attributed Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808 - 1826
Maker formerly attributed Joseph Rawson, Sr., 1760 - 1835

Dimensions

185.42 x 97.79 x 53.34 cm (73 x 38 1/2 x 21 in.)

Date

ca. 1815

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany and birch (primary); pine (drawer fronts, drawer dividers, blocks inside front corners, wood under the small drawers; back board lower case); chestnut (drawer sides, drawer supports and stops for large drawers, back board upper case); yellow poplar (back board on looking glass)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"N 2," overlaid (later) with "Brownell / 119 Hope St / Bristol, / 3.00," in graphite, on back of looking glass crest; " N 2," in graphite on interior of bureau backboard; " 4" above on arc, in graphite, on interior back of proper-right drawer in upper section; "4," in graphite on interior bottom of proper-right drawer and on board below that drawer in upper section; " 5" above on arc, in graphite, on interior back of middle drawer in upper section; "no 17," in graphite on interior bottom of middle drawer and "x 5," in graphite,on board below middle drawer in upper section; "6" above an arc, in graphite on interior back of proper-left drawer in upper section; "$65," in graphite, on interior bottom of proper-left drawer in upper section; "N2 / 6," in graphite, on board below proper-left drawer in upper section; "4" above an an arc, in graphite, on interior back of top drawer in lower section; "4," in graphite, on interior bottom of top drawer in lower section; "x 4," in graphite, on interior front of top drawer in lower section; "4," in graphite, on drawer divider below top drawer in lower section; "5" above an an arc, in graphite, on interior back of middle drawer in lower section; "5," in graphite, on interior bottom of middle drawer in lower section; "5," in graphite, on interior front of middle drawer in lower section; "5," in graphite, on drawer divider below top drawer in lower section; "6" above an an arc, in graphite, on interior back of lower drawer in lower section; ; "x 6," above an arc, in graphite, on interior front of lower drawer in lower section; "6," in graphite, on drawer divider below top drawer in lower section

Style

Federal

Provenance

Christie's, New York, January 15–16, 1999, lot 729. Private collection

Associated names

Christie's

See also


Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 15–16, 1999), 187, lot 729, ill.
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), 113n44, 439n4.