Dressing Table

A work made of mahogany and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany and white pine.

Date:

1750/70

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Salem, Massachusetts area

About this artwork

Dressing tables were most often made together with high chests of drawers. Used in the bedchamber, the dressing table held objects for grooming, such as combs, brushes, powders, ribbons, and pieces of lace. A looking glass was often hung above the table, or a dressing glass was set upon the table. A silk, velvet, or cotton textile, known as a toilette, would have covered the top and protected it from wear and damage.

On View

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Dressing Table

Origin

Salem

Date

1750–1770

Medium

Mahogany and white pine

Inscriptions

Signed in chalk across the underside of the top board: "Stephen" [?]

Dimensions

78.2 × 88.9 × 57.2 cm (30 3/4 × 35 × 22 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Mrs. William O. Hunt, Jessie Spalding Landon, Mrs. Harold T. Martin, Adelaide Ryerson, and Mrs. H. Alex Vance funds

Reference Number

1977.517

Extended information about this artwork

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