This dressing table exemplifies the work of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, cabinetmakers near the end of the 1700s. Although closely related in its overall form and outlines to objects produced in Philadelphia, this table has a more massive appearance and features several important characteristics of the Lancaster school. Among these are the vigorously undulating skirt, areas densely carved from the solid with tightly curled foliage, and a stipple-punched background. Guilloche-carved quarter columns add another refinement.


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Maker
American
Title
Dressing Table
Date
c. 1780–1800
Medium
Cherrywood
Dimensions
29 1/2 × 37 1/2 × 23 in. (74.9 × 95.3 × 58.4 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, museum purchase funded by the Theta Charity Antiques Show

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
FOLK ART ROOM
Accession Number
B.2015.17
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

Private collection, Long Island, New York; [Christie's, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, sale 1003, "Important American Furniture, Silver and Folk Art," January 18-19, 2002, Lot 410]; [Philip H. Bradley Co., Antiques, Downingtown, Pennsylvania]; purchased by MFAH, 2015.