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Dressing table

Object number



Maker Unknown


27 1/4 16 7/8 33 7/8 in. (69.215 42.863 86.043 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary), cottonwood or yellow poplar (secondary)




"1," "2," and "3," in graphite, on interior face of drawer backs and on interior of drawer sides near joint with drawer fronts


Sotheby's, New York, January 20–22, 2006, lot 559

Associated names



CASE: The top is attached to the carcass with screws through battens underneath the top at the sides of the case that are rabbeted to the top rail at the front, that pierce the back of the case, and are nailed to the case sides; the gap between the top edge of the back and the underside of the top is closed with a filler strip. glue blocks once reinforced the joint between the top and back along the interior back edge. The top is also held in place with screws through the front top rail. The underside of the top has rough hatchet marks. The one-piece back is dovetailed to the case sides with half keys at the top and bottom and five full dovetails between them. The joint of the top rail and the front skirt with the sides is covered by a strip of veneer at the front. The muntins between the drawers slide from the back in a groove in the top rail; they are tenoned into the case back; their front faces are veneered; they have an angled cut near the bottom of the skirt and are reinforced with blocks near the side and edge drawer openings. DRAWERS: The drawer guides for the central drawer are tenoned and pinned to the muntins and are tenoned into the case back. The central supports for all the drawers are dovetailed to the skirt at the front and tenoned into the case back. The side drawer supports for the outer drawers are rabbeted at the front and back to fit around the blocks for the legs and are nailed to the blocks and the case sides. The drawer sides are dovetailed to the drawer fronts with half keys at the top and bottom and three full dovetails between them on the deeper drawers; the kerf marks are very long. The fronts of the drawers are rabbeted for the bottoms and the bottoms are nailed to the undersides of the drawers. The top edges of the drawers are rounded and as almost flush with the tops of the drawer fronts. The top edges of the drawer sides are flat. Examined by P. E. Kane, Dennis Carr, and Mia Taradash, January 18, 2006.


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), lot 559, ill.