A GEORGE III MAHOGANY DRESSING-TABLE
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY DRESSING-TABLE

ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS CHIPPENDALE, CIRCA 1765

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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY DRESSING-TABLE
Attributed to Thomas Chippendale, circa 1765
Rectangular with hinged top enclosing a racheted mirror over a writing slide and a mahogany-lined drawer and false drawer to each end, the right side with a divided drawer above a false drawer and the left side with removeable compartments, both drawers mahogany-lined, the front and back with each with two false drawers on straight chamfered legs joined by an incurved stretcher, with leather casters, the underside inscribed in white chalk: COMB...
30½in. (77cm.) high, 24¼in. (62cm.) wide, 18in. (46cm.) deep

Lot Essay

The simple elegant design of this table together with the distinctive handle pattern and superb quality timber relates it to the furniture supplied by Thomas Chippendale for the 5th Earl of Dumfries at Dumfries House, Scotland in the 1760s and Ninian Home for Paxton Hall, Scotland from 1774. A breakfast table and shaving table supplied to Dumfries House in 1759 both feature the same pattern handles (see C. Gilbert, The Life and Times of Thomas Chippendale, New York, 1978, vol.II, p.219, figs.399-400 and p.252, fig.460).

A dressing table in the collection at Temple Newsam House in Leeds is of virtually the same form as this table with the addition of a fretwork gallery joining the concave shelf to the case. These two pieces exhibit the same fine details of construction including the gentle curve to the inside edge of the feet (see C. Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall, London, 1978, vol.II, p.332, no.416). Another dressing table that warrants comparison is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (illustrated in M. Tomlin, Catalogue of Adam Period Furniture, London, 1972, p.160, no.T/1).
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