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Dressing table

Date:
1800–1810
Geography:
Made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, birch veneer, basswood with white pine
Dimensions:
34 1/4 x 35 x 19 1/2 in. (87 x 88.9 x 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
Accession Number:
10.125.153
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729
In early-nineteenth-century cabinetmaking parlance, this “lady’s dressing table” features a “plain arch in sweep front”—a more expensive elaboration on the basic, straight-front model with a single long drawer. According to the English furniture designer George Hepplewhite, the drawers of dressing tables were partitioned to accommodate “combs, powders, essences, pin-cushions, and other necessary equipage.”
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]
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