Dressing table

about 1710


Object Place: New England, probably Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 43

Dimensions

79.37 x 88.58 x 58.42 cm (31 1/4 x 34 7/8 x 23 in.)

Accession Number

45.825

Medium or Technique

Walnut, burl walnut veneer, pine, brass

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

Like high chests, dressing tables were a new form introduced to bedchambers about 1690. Often made en suite, high chests and dressing tables provided much-needed storage space in colonial homes, which rarely had closets. In the Baroque style, the front and top of the dressing table was covered with a thin veneer of burled walnut that adds movement, texture, and drama.

Inscription

incised on PR side of center drawer multiple times: "A"

Provenance

1945, given by Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Pitman to the MFA (Acqusition date: November 8, 1945).

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Pitman