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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms, Part II," The Connoisseur (Aug. 1972): 14, fig. 4
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Dressing table


Object number

RIF338

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Newport, Rhode Island, before 1972

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.

Construction

The two-part upper molding is nailed to the upper rail, which is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the stiles. Another molding is applied with brads to the bottom of the upper rail. Three urn, ball and reel-turned balusters are doweled into the upper and medial rails. A strip of wood, rabbeted to fit around the stiles, is applied to the top face of the medial rail; to the top of its ?outside? face is applied, with brads, a one-piece molding. The medial rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the stiles. Six vertical boards form a panel below; the top of all the boards and the sides of the proper right board are routed to form a chamfer. The boards are butt-jointed. A single–piece molding surrounds this panel; it is nailed with brads from the outside face into the stiles as well as into the panel?s boards. In the proper right end of medial rail is a circular hole indicating the former presence of a closing mechanism. The lower rail is tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the stiles. The top of its inside face is molded. The panel below, consisting of two horizontal boards tenoned into the stiles, is chamfered on its outside face and partially held in place with brads. Lower boards are missing; the stiles are reduced in height. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, June 26, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part 2," Connoisseur (August 1972): 286, fig. 4.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 118, 121, ill.