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Dressing glass


Object number

RIF483

Maker

Maker possibly by John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

53.34 x 33.02 x 21.59 cm (21 x 13 x 8 1/2 in.)

Date

1790–1805

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany, ebony, and lightwood inlay (primary); mahogany (drawer sides, back of case, and backboard on looking glass); pine (backing for veneered top and bottom of case); chestnut (drawer bottom)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Front," in graphite, on inner face of drawer back; "Bottom[?]," in graphite, on interior case bottom; “J,” incised on proper-right interior drawer side towards front

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut, 1976; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

John Walton, Inc.
Polly Mariner Stone
Stanley Stone

Construction

The tapered, beaded posts, through which are screwed brass turnposts supporting a mirror frame, are tenoned into shaped trestles, which are screwed into the veneered, serpentine front case top. The molded, beaded frame encloses a rectangular mirror with a rectangular chamfered backboard held in with brads. The frame?s stiles and rails are tenoned to each other and secured with rosehead nails and wood pins. The frame?s scrolling crest is attached to it with multiple shaped glue blocks. The case top is blind dovetailed to the case sides which are blind dovetailed to the case bottom. There are prominent kerf marks on the inside face of the case sides. The solid serpentine drawer front, faced to simulate three drawers, meets its flush, flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints, having long, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The flat, two-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is nailed with brads into rabbets in the case front, sides, and back. The single-board case back is also nailed with brads into rabbets in the case top, sides, and bottom. Each bracket foot is a single piece, fixed by a single rosehead nail to a molded three-part base frame nailed with brads to the case bottom. There are three transverse and two diagonal scribe lines on the underside of the case bottom. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 50–51, no. 23, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, "Living with Antiques: Chipstone near Milwaukee," Antiques 133, no. 5 (May 1988): 1155, fig. Plate 18.
Ann Smart Martin, Makers and Users: American Decorative Arts, 1630–1820, from the Chipstone Collection, exh. cat. (Madison, Wis.: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1999), 65, no. 84.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 40, fig. 1.