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Clothes Press

Maker:
Attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740–1795)
Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, yellow pine, eastern white cedar, tulip poplar
Dimensions:
91 3/8 x 44 5/8 x 24 3/4 in. (232.1 x 113.3 x 62.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.114
Not on view
Clothes presses, common in England, were rarely made in colonial Philadelphia. The design of this one was influenced by plates in Thomas Chippendale’s "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1754 and 1762 eds.). The doors of the upper section hide twelve drawers; those of the lower section, three sliding trays. The sliding shelf in between was for folding the clothes to be stored inside.
Inscription: inscribed in ink on right side of sliding tray: Upper one; stamped on one lower right door iron hinge: IP
Mrs. John Cadwalader, Philadelphia, until 1950
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