With distinguished provenance and birch, four-part veneered top, this classic dressing table is an early Queen Anne form which combines the William and Mary taste for furniture adorned with burl veneers and herringbone surrounds and the penchant for cabriole legs and pad feet of the Queen Anne style. A rare survival of this early period, this table is further distinguished by the presence of burl birch veneers, rather than the more common burl walnut, and was most likely produced in Boston or Salem.
Similar dressing tables are illustrated in Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection (New York, 1972), vol. 3, p. 819 and (New York, 1989), vol. 9, p. 2464; Richards and Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur (Winterthur, 1997), p. 302; and Moody, American Decorative Arts at Dartmouth (Hanover, New Hampshire, 1981), p. 1.