Dressing Table

Date: ca. 1740 - 1760

Dressing tables adorned the best bedchambers in colonial Philadelphia and were often accompanied by matching high chests. Outmoded in England by the 1740s, high chests and dressing tables continued to be in great demand in colonial America. Case furniture such as this provided wealthy colonials with ample storage space for clothing and household linens. In the locking drawers, owners stored valuable papers and possessions. For the cabinetmaker and carver, a dressing table with a high chest of drawers as its pendant was the ultimate commission in which to demonstrate their talents.

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Medium: Mahogany, yellow pine, yellow poplar, and white cedar

Dimensions: H: 28 3/4 x W: 35 x D: 21 in.

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 1030

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Philadelphia , Table

Purchased June 10, 1963 from Joe Kindig, Jr.