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Dressing table


Object number

RIF220

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

30 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 19 1/2 in. (77.47 x 92.075 x 49.53 cm)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Walnut (primary); white pine (corner blocks and backboard)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Florene Maine, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1955. Frank Curro, Southbury, Connecticut, by 2004. Sotheby's, New York, January 20–22, 2006, lot 577

Associated names

Florene Maine Antiques
Frank Curro
Sotheby's

Construction

CASE. The top is two-piece with molded edges on the front and sides and a flat edge at the back flush with the case back; it is attached to the case with nails through the top. Half-blind dovetails fasten the backboard to the case sides with half keys at the top and bottom and nine full dovetails between them. The case sides are one-piece and have filler pieces at the top of each side. The joint of the top rail, drawer divider, and skirt with the sides is covered with veneer. The legs are fastened to the case with glue blocks; the rear legs fit in a rabbet the height of the backboard. The muntins are dovetailed to the skirt and let into grooves in the drawer dividers; they are backed with a square vertical block. DRAWERS. The drawer supports are tenoned into the case back, and are rabbeted to the skirt and the drawer divider. Drawer guides are nailed and glued to the case sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half tails at the top and bottom. The grain of the drawer bottoms runs from front to back and the drawer bottoms are nailed to a rabbet in the drawer front and to the other three sides; the top edges of drawer sides are lower than the drawer fronts. Examined by Dennis Carr, February 4, 2004

See also


Bibliography

"Florene Maine Antiques advertisement," Antiques 67, no. 1 (January 1955): 18.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Including Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Hanson to Benefit the National Gallery of Art, sale cat. (January 20–22, 2006), 438, lot 577.