Measurement: Case width 31.5; Case Depth: 20 ⅝”; Height 30.5”; Top 33 x 21.75.
Material: Mahogany with white pine secondary woods
Condition: Fine original condition, with a pleasing color and surface. There are old
repairs to the rear legs where they join the case. The hardware is period but replaced.
Additional Information: With its elegant design, fine craftsmanship and graceful
proportions, this dressing table reflects the perfection attained by cabinetmakers
working in the Wethersfield style. This example displaying successful form and pleasing
proportions was constructed of mahogany for a premium client. Examples from the
Wethersfield region share delicate, well-formed cabriole legs with pad feet on supports,
cyma curved aprons and side skirts, also shell carved center drawers above a concave
recess in the apron. The two-board top and absence of a rail above the top-drawer are
Wethersfield shop traditions. A very similar dressing table and highboy are illustrated
and discussed in Connecticut Valley Furniture by Kugleman, Kugleman and Lionetti, pp.
54, 55, 56.
The dressing table retains mellow old color and surface [possibly original]. The
overhanging molded two-board top is another Wethersfield trait. The case contains a
single long drawer above three short drawers. The center drawer is larger and is carved
with a concave fan featuring eight lobes above a conforming recess in the skirt centered
by well-developed cyma curves that flow neatly and gracefully into the cabriole legs.
The side skirts repeat this pattern with a pair of lobes. The elegant legs are superbly
formed with graceful curves continuing to delicate ankles resting on tidy pad feet raised
on disks. The dressing table displays an uncluttered form that is sophisticated and
Additional Information:Toilet tables, cloth covered dressing tables were designed to
be draped in silk, satins, velvet, or tissue. They were made of simple form and soft
woods. The major element in the design of these tables is the highly exaggerated ogee
curved top. By the Federal period, every woman mindful of her social standing had a
toilet table in her bed chamber.
The top with flowing cyma reversa front and cyma recta sides features a most
generous overhang and is raised on delicate square Chippendale legs having outside
beaded edges and chamfered inner edges. The legs are mortised to receive the apron
tenon. This table retains its original red paint and displays a dry surface.
Single short drawer set within case featuring oxbow front and serpentine sides; ovolo corners having turned and split engaged columns on canted corners continuing to ball feet. The glove drawer rests on a conforming superstructure raised on dramatic bamboo turned tapering legs resting on spike feet.
(Overall H: 62"; table H: 33"; W: 37"; D: 18.25")
Material: Mahogany, mahogany veneers, northeastern white pine, curly maple
Condition: Fine, recently finished
Additional Information: Set-back glove box with beaded drawer featuring curly maple
oval veneered panel centered by inlay; bowed drawer front having blocked ends above
the conforming case featuring a similarly treated drawer. The apron joining blocked and
turned tapering and fluted legs.
The square top with ovolo corners and string inlay overhangs the base; inlaid apron
having single drawer joining squared tapering legs featuring similar inlay and inlaid
panel. (Height: 29.5"; top: 17.25 x 17.25")
A glovebox sits on the overhanging top featuring an elliptical front and half-elliptical
sides joining blocked front corners. Plain apron joining tall tapered legs.
(Table height: 33"; overall height: 37"; top: 33 x 17.75")
Brilliant yellow painted case featuring faux graining, freehand and stenciled decoration;
interestingly the rail under long drawer is faux! The scrolled backsplash surmounting the
amphitheater-form uppercase containing two short drawers and having a slightly
projecting top; lowercase with projecting top having a molded and stenciled edge raised
on tapering turned legs joining the plain apron containing single long drawer. Drawers
retain original clear Sandwich Glass pulls.
A very similar example in the collection of the New Hampshire Historical Society is
illustrated in Chipstone American Furniture 1995, Philip Zea, Diversity and Regionalism
in Rural New England Furniture, page 76, figure 11, attributed to Martin Bullock,
Newport, New Hampshire. The Lefkowitz dressing table [Northeast Auction, August 4,
2007, lot 702; $29,000.00) is illustrated in John Tarrant Kenney, The Hitchcock Chair,
page 158. For this piece and another example with an amphitheater shaped upper
deck, see The Magazine Antiques, May 1984, Ellen Kenney Glennon, 'The John Tarrant
Kenney Hitchcock Museum Riverton, Connecticut,' pages 1141, plate I, and 1145, plate
(Excellent original condition; Overall height: 38.75"; width: 36"; depth: 18")
The rectangular mirror molding joins florette carved corner blocks having a diapered
ground on fabulous carved swan neck and acanthus carved supports displaying the
same punch decorated diapered ground; curvaceous posts are raised on a case
containing two short drawers; top draw has a fall-front writing surface…the interior has
two small fitted drawers flanking five cubbies. Marble top above a pair of mahogany
banded long drawers; four acanthus carved corner posts continuing to ring and
acanthus carved bell above spiral turned legs; medial shelf with scrolled backboard
joining floral carved bocks above tapering feet terminating with brass casters. (Excellent
condition; brass pulls on short drawers are not original, typical shrinkage cracks to
bolection molding of mirror frame; overall height: 62"; table height: 36.25"; width: 37";
A highly individual decorative expression…all surfaces display near full coverage
decoupage decoration consisting of applied scraps, cutouts of peoples, architecture,
places, animals [some exotic considering the period] and more; a popular nineteenth
century pastime. Scrolled galley above two side-entry glove drawers; the case having
two short drawers over a single long drawer is raised on turned legs resting on ball feet.
All drawers retain original colorless pressed glass knobs/pulls with threaded glass
posts. Inscribed in two places is found: “Will Howard’s / when I am done with it / Marisa
H. Taylor”. One of the inscriptions, in pencil, is found under a drawer; within the
drawer…the same inscription done in ink with the date 1833. (38.25" x33 1/8" x 18.25")
The scrolled backsplash featuring stenciled decoration, and side returns are of dovetail construction; the top with slight overhang is fitted for wash-basin and is raised on delicate double tapered legs joined by plain apron fitted with dovetail-jointed drawer retaining original brass pull. (Overall excellent condition; H: 35.75", W: 17", D: 16.5")
The slightly overhanging top with rounded corners over a conforming case having three drawers featuring ovolu-fronts with turned knobs; top drawer is fitted. The case is set on a stepped octagonal pedestal ornamented with cove and ogee molding raised on conforming platform resting on scrolled feet.
Dimensions: 31" H, 16.5 by 20.5" top.
Measures 78" long, 55.5" in width and 52" in height.
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