This sophisticated dressing table masterfully integrates both Early and Late Baroque styles. Cabriole legs have superseded turned ones, yet instead of the corresponding pad feet, the earlier brush feet, still regarded sufficiently fashionable, were retained. The turned pendants are also vestiges of the previous style, their placement suggestive of the central front legs on an Early Baroque high chest. The subtle line inlay that defines the table’s surface frames both its shell drawer and its top with its compass-inspired detail.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Maker
American
Title
Dressing Table
Date
c. 1730–1775
Medium
Black walnut, inlay; eastern white pine
Dimensions
29 5/8 × 33 1/2 × 20 1/2 in. (75.2 × 85.1 × 52.1 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
QUEEN ANNE BEDROOM
Accession Number
B.69.134
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

"By inheritance within the Delano family, Duxbury and Plymouth, Massachusetts [1]; [Howard “Harry” Arons (1906–2000), Ansonia, Connecticut], by April 21, 1952; [Ginsburg & Levy, New York, April 21, 1952–October 28, 1952]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, October 28, 1952; given to MFAH, prior to 1969.