Bureau table

1760–80


Object Place: Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 28

Dimensions

74.61 x 96.2 x 53.34 cm (29 3/8 x 37 7/8 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

39.626

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, pine

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Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The blockfront kneehole bureau dressing table has the wide overhang, narrow blocking, and tall bracket feet characteristic of Massachusetts examples. Its top has a molded edge and is shaped across the front to follow the lines of the blocking. The narrow blocking is emphasized by the use of large shaped brasses, and its lines are carried from the top down through the bracket feet. The small center drawer in the kneehole has a scalloped lower edge, and the door to the kneehole cupboard has an arched-top fielded panel. Inside the door is a shelf with a cyma-curved out edge. The skirt is cut in eccentric profiles both in front and on the sides.

Inscription

In the top center of the back is the scratched inscription: "V P"
Saw mill Roman numerals on top drawer.
Numerous chalk and scratched marks throughout the case, including:
Proper right small drawers: each has a scratch mark on the bottom of the drawer front. On the top drawer: "1" in chalk on inside of drawer sides and back; "3" in chalk on top of bottom; "1" on outside of back.
On the middle drawer: "2" in chalk on inside of drawer sides and back; "4" in pencil on top of bottom; "5" (very small) on outside of back.
On the bottom drawer: "1" in chalk on inside of drawer sides and back; "3" in pencil on outside of back; "1" in pencil on top of bottom.
Blind drawer above kneehole: has scratch mark on the bottom of the drawer front; a scratched "B1" on the outside of the back of the drawer.
Proper left small drawers: each has a scratch mark on the bottom of the drawer front.
On the top drawer: "2" in chalk on inside of drawer sides and back; "2" in pencil on top of bottom; "4" on outside of back; "3250" on the bottom.
On the middle drawer: "1" in chalk on inside of drawer sides and back; "6" in pencil on the top of the bottom; "2" in pencil on back.
On the bottom drawer: "2" in chalk in inside of drawer sides and back; "5" in pencil on the top of the bottom; "6" in pencil on outside of the back.

Provenance

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection (Accession Date October 11, 1939)

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection