Dressing Table, Mahogany, mahogany veneer, tulip poplar, yellow
pine, white cedar, American

Dressing Table

Date:
1762–90
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, tulip poplar, yellow
pine, white cedar
Dimensions:
31 1/4 x 35 7/8 x 21 3/8 in. (79.4 x 91.1 x 54.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.93
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
This dressing table was made en suite with a high chest (18.110.4) and doubtless in the same shop. Careful examination, however, suggests that the pieces were carved by different hands. The carving here, though superficially similar to that on the high chest, exhibits a greater depth and sense of liveliness.
Inscription: inscribed in white chalk on large lower-drawer bottom: B [large]; inscribed on lower right drawer bottom: B [small]; cut into right side board of lower left drawer: [sketched outline of a central-chimney house]
Roy K. Smith, Amityville, New York, until 1932