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Basin stand


Object number

RIF2411

Maker

Maker Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr., active 1826?52
Alternate name(s): S. and J. Rawson, Jr.

Dimensions

36 1/2 17 1/4 15 in. (92.71 43.815 38.1 cm)

Date

1835–40

Current location

Museum of the American China Trade, Milton, Massachusetts, Peabody Essex Museum

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"Furniture Warehouse / S. & J. Rawson, Jr. / NO. 68, BROAD STREET, / HAVE CONSTANTLY ON HAND, OF THEIR OWN MANUFACTURE, AND WILL MAKE TO ORDER, / ALL KINDS OF / CABINET FURNITURE, / SUCH AS / SIDEBOARDS, SECRETARIES AND BOOK-CASES, SOFAS, &C./ Which they will dispose of as cheap as any Cabinet Maker in town. / ALSO, [column left] PIER TABLES, a very superior article;/Pillar, Claw, Card and Dining TABLES; [column right] WARDROBES, BUREAUS; / Mahogany and birch BEDSTEADS / [illegible] / ALL ORDERS FROM A DISTANCE WILL BE THANKFULLY RECEIVED AND PUNC/TUALLY ATTENDED TO," printed, on a paper label glued to the basin stand

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Empire

Provenance

Museum of the American China Trade, Milton, Massachusetts, by 1980; acquired through merger by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 1984

Bibliography

Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "The Rawson Family of Cabinetmakers in Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 139, pl. 7, ill.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 275.