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A WILLIAM AND MARY MAHOGANY AND CEDAR DRESSING TABLE
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A WILLIAM AND MARY MAHOGANY AND CEDAR DRESSING TABLE

PHILADELPHIA, 1715-1725

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A WILLIAM AND MARY MAHOGANY AND CEDAR DRESSING TABLE
PHILADELPHIA, 1715-1725
30 in. high, 34 in. wide, 20½ in. deep
Provenance
Philip Bradley Antiques, Downingtown, Pennsylvania
The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Shelley
Pook & Pook, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, The Pioneer Americana Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Shelley, 20-21 April 2007, lot 747

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Made of mahogany and surviving in impeccable condition, this William and Mary dressing table illustrates Philadelphia craftsmanship at its best during the early decades of the eighteenth century. Its china stand and conical drops are original and remarkable survivals from the era. Made of walnut and seemingly varying otherwise only in the shaping of the center of the skirt, a nearly identical table is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Indicative of the significance of this model, the Philadelphia Museum's example was featured on the cover of Worldly Goods (Jack L. Lindsey, Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758 (Philadelphia, 1999), cover, pp. 90, 144, no. 50, fig. 135). Unusual details include the feet, which are turned from cedar instead of mahogany, as seen on the rest of the table's primary woods.

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