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Dressing Table

1730-1780
Origin: America, Massachusetts, Worcester Co or Conn.
OH: 31 1/8"; OW: 42"; OD: 21 7/8"
Cherry and white pine; birch legs (microanalysis 4/15/91)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1930-135
Dressing table, rectangular top with ovolo molding at front and each side; central drawer of skirt flanked by one drawer at each side of same height but narrower in width; each drawer fitted with a contemporary but not original brass fitted over the hole drilled for a later knob; front and sides of skirt vigorously scalloped; four cabriole legs square in section and terminating in a pad foot on a slight disc.
Label:A handful of tables, high chests, and chests of drawers survive with shapely scalloped skirts and/or tops from the Connecticut River Valley. A Wethersfield, Connecticut, merchant's probate inventory of 1782 listed a "Scallop'd Table" referring to the piece's curvaceous skirt or top. These shapely forms continued to be popular until the end of the eighteenth century.
Provenance:Ex Coll: L. G. Myers
Mark(s):Modern label beneath seat: "L. G. Myers," for collector Louis Geurineau Myers.