From New England to Pennsylvania, indigenous maple with curled grain, although difficult to work, was highly prized for its figured pattern, which, as here, was customarily stained to imitate the appearance of imported mahogany. The prominent profile of the arched skirt relates this dressing table to others with Delaware Valley origins. Perhaps this feature is a continuation from the Early Baroque, or conversely, the copy of an English Late Baroque example.

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. 1730–1800
Medium
Soft maple; southern yellow pine and Atlantic white cedar
Dimensions
29 1/8 × 31 3/4 × 20 3/8 in. (74 × 80.6 × 51.8 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.69.238
Classification
Furniture
Provenance

[Ginsburg & Levy, New York]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg; given to MFAH, 1969.