• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2287

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export

    21 - 25 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 179

    A CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE

    SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1765-1785

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    A CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE
    SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1765-1785
    Appears to retain original cast-brass hardware
    30½ in. high, 35 in. wide, 21 in. deep


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    With its graceful cyma-shaped apron, delicately carved pinwheels, peaked knees and ball-and-claw feet, this dressing table is an exceptional example of eighteenth century Salem cabinetmaking. The probable en suite high chest of drawers is now in the collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (fig. 1) and is illustrated in Albert Sack's The New Fine Points of Furniture Early American; Good, Better, Best, Superior, Masterpiece (New York, 1993), on pp. 198 as well as on the title page. This dressing table shares the same original brasses and fine imported mahogany as the high chest, making the two a likely pair. Heralded as a masterpiece by Sack, this suite exhibits the distinctive characteristics of the extraordinary furniture produced in the colonial port city of Salem, Massachusetts.

    Provenance

    David Stockwell, Wilmington, Delaware, 1974


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF MARY FRANCES BOWLES COUPER