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    Sale 2133

    American Furniture and Decorative Arts including English and Dutch Delft

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 191

    A Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table

    PHILADELPHIA, 1745-1760

    Price Realised  

    A Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table
    Philadelphia, 1745-1760
    29 3/8 in. high, 35 in. wide, 20 1/8 in. deep


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    Displaying an elaborately shaped skirt, expertly carved shell-and-bellflower ornament and masterful craftsmanship, this dressing table illustrates the work of one of Philadelphia's leading cabinetshops of the mid-eighteenth century. The construction of the front frame, with a separate board placed between the lower central drawer and skirt, is a distinctive feature that may be unique to a single shop working during this era. Based on the work of William MacPherson Hornor, other examples from this shop have traditionally been associated with the cabinetmaker, John Elliott (1713-1791). Among the items supplied by Elliott to Charles Norris in 1756 are a set of chairs with shell designs and knee returns that closely resemble those on a dressing table from this group, which descended in the Hollingsworth-Morris family (see William MacPherson Hornor, Blue Book Philadelphia Furniture (Washington D.C., 1935), p. 133, pls. 66, 68; G.K.S. Bush, Inc., advertisement, The Magazine Antiques (October 1986), p. 569).

    Provenance

    Joe Kindig, Jr. & Son, York, Pennsylvania, 1990


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection