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Clothespress

ca. 1765
Origin: England, London
OH: 74 1/2"; OW: (base) 49 5/8"; (cornice) 50 3/4" OD: (base) 24 3/4"; (cornice) 24 1/2"
Mahogany, oak, deal, and brass.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1979-498
Upper case with flat top, molded cornice with Greek key design, two veneered doors with applied molding enclosing interior for clothes trays (missing); lower case with two small drawers above two large graduated drawers beaded around edges, on shaped bracket feet, bail & rosette drawer pulls on drawer fronts.
Label:Philip Bell was one of the few English cabinetmakers whose work can be documented as being imported into Virginia. Martha Custis patronized Bell prior to her marriage to George Washington and the Washingtons continued that tradition through the 1760s.
Mark(s):None
Inscription(s):Label inside right top drawer in lower section: "Philip Bell / Cabinet maker, / and / Upholder / at the White Swan / Against the South Gate in / St. Paul's Church Yard / London, / N.B. funerals / A. Darly / inv & sculp."