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Dressing bureau

Object number



Maker, possibly by Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808–26
Retailer William Rhoades Rawson, American, 1785–1835


74 38 3/4 23 in. (187.96 98.425 58.42 cm)



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)


Paper label in the center small drawer of the bureau reads: "[ ]Rawson/[ ] an elegant variety of/[ ]Furniture,/[...C]abinet warehouse,/No. 86, Meeting-Street,/Charleston, S.C."


Franics D. Brinton, West Chester, Pennsylvania, ca. 1931. Samuel T. Freeman and Company, Philadelphia, October 25–28, 1976, lot 405. Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, before 1982; by descent to his wife Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 158

Associated names

Joseph K. Ott
Francis D. Brinton
Anne Northrop Ott


Joseph K. Ott, "Lesser-Known Rhode Island Cabinetmakers: The Carliles, Holmes Weaver, Judson Blake, the Rawsons, and Thomas Davenport," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1161, pl. 4, fig. 7.
Paul H. Burroughs, Southern Antiques (Richmond, Va.: Garrett & Massie Incorporated, 1931), 183, no. XI, ill.
Robert Rauschenberg and John Bivins, The Furniture of Charleston, 1680–1820: Volume III: The Cabinetmakers (Winston-Salem, N.C.: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 2003), 1178–1181.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 72–73, lot 158.
Samuel T. Freeman and Co., Philadelphia, Public Auction, sale cat. (October 25 –28, 1976), 55, lot 405, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 56–57, fig. 16.