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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.




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, Gallery 166


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Dressing Table


Salem (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1750–1770


Mahogany and white pine


Signed on top board underside, in chalk: "Stephen[?]".


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

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