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Dressing table

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Maker Unknown


Height: 31 1/2 in. (80.01 cm) Width, top: 35 in. (88.9 cm) Depth, top: 20 in. (50.8 cm) Width, case: 29 in. (73.66 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); yellow poplar (back board and backing of drawer dividers); chestnut (drawer linings); pine drawer supports and glue blocks)






Roy McCleod, Spokane, Washington, by 1988. Sotheby's, New York, June 21, 1989, lot 352. Sherwood Smith; consigned by his estate to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire) March 2, 2002, lot 261

Associated names

Sherwood Smith
Northeast Auctions
Roy McCleod


The oblong top, whose edge is molded on all four sides, has incurvate corners and is secured to the case below by multiple glue blocks within the case and by screw pockets and countersunk nails in the top rail. The single-board, straight-skirted back board is attached to the single-board, scallop-skirted case sides with dovetail joints, having short, thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. Within the case are supports (not of full depth) for the upper drawer, attached to the case sides, and supports for the small drawers, set in grooves in the backboard and half-lapped to the skirt board. Small blocks affixed to both the case back and drawer supports function as drawer stops. Guides for the small drawers are also set in grooves in the back board and are tenoned into the back of the stiles between the small drawers. On the case front, the top rail and drawer dividers join their respective neighboring members in blind joints. The deeply scalloped skirt contains two turned acorn-form pendants. The drawer fronts are lipped and thumb-molded, fixed to their drawers? sides with dovetail joints, having a single tail with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbet below. The small-drawer sides have arched tops, shy of the drawer-front tops. The small-drawer bottoms are flat, perpendicular to, and set into rabbets in the drawer fronts. The cabriole legs, of the "detachable" sort, held into the case corners with vertical glue blocks, have angular knees and ankles and end in slipper feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 2002; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Estate Collection of American Furniture and Chinese Export Porcelain, sale cat. (March 2, 2002), 61, lot 261, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Folk Art, Folk Paintings, and Silver, sale cat. (June 2, 1989), lot 352, ill.