Dressing table

about 1710

Object Place: New England, probably Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 43


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, burl walnut veneer, pine, brass

On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




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.


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


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