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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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- c. 1730–1800
- Soft maple; southern yellow pine and Atlantic white cedar
- 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
[Ginsburg & Levy, New York]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg; given to MFAH, 1969.