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Dressing table


Object number

RIF6058

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

31 1/4 35 3/4 20 3/4 in. (79.38 90.81 52.71 cm)

Date

1740–60

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (slide and some glue blocks); yellow poplar (drawer linings and some glue blocks [some possibly maple?]); chestnut (drawer supports and guides, slide support, and some glue blocks); pine (some glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Possibly an upward arrow, in chalk, on interior front of upper drawer; “1,” in chalk, on interior back of proper-left lower drawer; “BO,” in graphite, on exterior of slide; “//,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side of case

Provenance

Jean Terry Bauder. Private collection, 1982

Associated names

Jean Terry Bauder

Construction

The single-board oblong top has four incurvate corners, is thumb-molded on all four edges, and is secured to the case below by screws. There are two screw-pockets in the outside face of the backboard, and one screw apiece in the far ends of the horizontal rail under the dressing slide. The inside face of the backboard has a screw pocket in its proper left upper corner. The single-piece, double-serpentine-skirted case sides are half-blind dovetailed to the straight-skirted single-piece backboard. The rail below the dressing slide is set into grooves in the solid case stiles, whose method of connection with the case sides is not visible. The drawer divider below is also set into grooves in the corner stiles, and is separate from the skirt board, whose lower extremities extend to the outside front corners. The scalloped skirt board contains a concave-carved shell within an incised arch. The center of the shell contains an old repair; behind it is a reinforcing wood block. Within the case are horizontally arranged small-drawer supports half-lapped to the skirt board and set into grooves in the case back. Vertically arranged small-drawer guides and upper-drawer supports are attached similarly to the front and back. Transverse blocks which prevent the upper drawer from tipping forward are nailed with brads to the blocks above, which also serve as guides for the dressing slide. Empty notches ? one inside the backboard just below the dressing slide and one inside the skirt board just below the long drawer ? indicate the former presence of drawer supports. The dressing slide consists of four boards: two are horizontal ? one wide, one narrow ? and tenoned into two narrow vertical boards in the ?breadboard? manner. There are two small horizontal stops at the back edge of the slide. The one long and two small lipped and thumb-molded drawer fronts meet their slightly shorter flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints, having finely cut pins with half-pins above and half-pins with grooves below. There are slight variations in the size and configuration of pins in the dovetail joints between the long and the small drawers. The long-drawer bottom is a single full-width board showing evidence of rough planing, chamfered where it fits into a groove in the drawer front and at the sides, where it is secured to the drawer sides with brads nailed through full-depth runners. The angular, square-sectioned cabriole legs are of the ?detachable? sort, held into the routed corners of the case with rectangular vertical glue blocks, and ending in slipper feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, March 6, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.