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Dressing glass


Object number

RIF5455

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

22 3/4 18 9 1/2 in. (57.79 45.72 24.13 cm)

Date

1770–1800

Current location

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay (primary); pine (drawer linings and backing board for mirror glass)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"R," in chalk, exterior of one drawer back; "L" ( or inverted "V"), in chalk, exterior of another drawer back

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Mary and Sarah Andrews, Ashaway, Rhode Island; purchased by Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Anne Ott, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 143. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 9–10, 2013, lot 76. The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island

Associated names

Mary Andrews
Sarah Andrews
Joseph K. Ott
Anne Northrop Ott
Christie's
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The serpentine front, straight-sided single-board top is joined to the single-board sides with half-blind dovetails. The conforming case below has three small drawers, each with line-inlaid edges and a turned mahogany knob. The flanking drawers are convex; the center drawer is concave and bears an inlaid shield-shaped escutcheon. The single-board back is attached to the case with brads. A cove-molded base connects the case to ogee bracket feet. The drawer sides have square tops, as do their backs, flush with the tops of the drawer fronts, which have large, thin-necked dovetails with half-pins above. The single board drawer bottoms are flat and perpendicular to the drawer fronts. They fit into rabbets in the drawer sides and are attached with brads to the drawer sides, fronts and backs. The top and bottom rails and drawer dividers are attached to the case with blind joints. Two molded tapering stiles with bases shaped in the rear are let into the case top and fitted with brass hardware, a cartouche-shaped pendant turning a screw to adjust the mirror at the stiles? midpoints, and a small urn at their pinnacles. Between the stiles is a rectangular mirror whose crossbanded frame has an inlaid border. The mirror back comprises vertical boards (one missing) held in place with brads. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 14, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

"A Chippendale Inlaid Mahogany Dressing Glass," http://www.christies.com/lotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5526237 (accessed January 5, 2012).
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 40, lot 143, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Important Weekend Auction, sale cat. (March 9–10, 2013), 27, lot 76.