Dressing table

about 1790–1810

Object Place: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 48


91.44 x 87.31 x 40.64 cm (36 x 34 3/8 x 16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, satinwood veneer, maple veneer, pine

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

The rectangular top has half-round front corners and a bowed central section. On top is a small mahogany compartment with a single drawer, veneered with maple, framed with a band of diagonal stringing. There is a brass floral pull. The frame is veneered on the front at each side with a panel of frame satinwood within diagonal stringing, and the bowfront drawer is similarly treated with matched flitches of maple. There are two round brass pulls on this drawer. The sides of the frame have panels of maple banded with mahogany. The round legs are carved on the stiles with acanthus leaves against a star-punched ground, below which is carved flat reeding, the lower edges of which are pointed. The reeded leg then swells and tapers to a small anklet and a bulb foot.


In chalk on bottom of wide drawer: "4"


Owned by Brooks Reed, purchased at the sale of his gallery, Nov. 14-16, 1933 (Louis Joseph, Boston), Lot 207, described as a "McIntyre Dressing Table"; to MFA, December 1933, purchased for $575 (Accession Date: December 7, 1933).

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund