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 resting on turned pad feet, cyma curved apron and side skirts, also a 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.
This dressing table displays a mellow old color, and patina which are likely 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 flowing 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 design that is sophisticated and pleasing.
Date: Circa 1760
Measurement: Case width 31.5; Case Depth: 20 ?"; 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.
Reference: A very similar dressing table and highboy are illustrated and discussed in Connecticut Valley Furniture by Kugleman, Kugleman and Lionetti, pp. 54, 55, 56.
Literature: A very similar dressing table and highboy are illustrated and discussed in Connecticut Valley Furniture by Kugleman, Kugleman and Lionetti, pp. 54, 55, 56.
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