11 February 1999
A GEORGE III MAHOGANY BOWFRONT DRESSING-TABLE
With hinged central section enclosing a ratcheted hinged mirror, above circular holes for pots, flanked on each side by fitted compartments with metal trays and hinged lids, above three simulated drawers, with a central kneehole flanked on each side by a mahogany-lined drawer above a door, on square tapering legs, brass caps and castors, restorations to the top
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Thomas Shearer issued a variety of patterns for related herm-legged and hinge-topped dressing-tables with fitted interiors in The Cabinet-Makers' London Book of Prices, 1788.
This dressing-table is illustrated in R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. ed., London, 1954, vol. III, p.231, fig.25, from the collection of the late Sir John Hall 1954-1982.
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