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Formerly in the collection of The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis.
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Dressing table


Object number

RIF296

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

76.2 x 83.82 x 46.99 cm (30 x 33 x 18 1/2 in.)

Date

1725–1740

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Walnut veneers; maple, chestnut, and pine

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"JDR," in chalk, in a drawer

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

The Wilson family, Barrington, Rhode Island. John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1979; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Wilson family
Polly Mariner Stone
Stanley Stone
The Chipstone Foundation
Christie's
John Walton, Inc.

Construction

The maple sides and pine back are mortised into the maple legs and secured with pegs. The front skirt is one large piece of chestnut attached to the front legs in the same manner. Only the chestnut top, the chestnut drawer fronts, and the area of the case visible at the front are veneered. The edges of the top are applied moldings. The braces running from front to back inside the case and supporting the drawers are thin members made of pine. The drops on the skirt are replacements as are the old bail handles; originally the drawers were fitted with brass drops. The knees of the front legs are inlaid with long strips of lighter wood which resembles icicles. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone, (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 32.

See also


Bibliography

Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 32-33, no. 14, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Scrimshaw, and Folk Art, sale cat. (January 16–17, 2003), 139, lot 262, ill.