The dressing table was a popular form in New England in the eighteenth century. With its graceful cabriole legs, elegant proportions and restrained ornamentation, this walnut dressing table epitomizes the Queen Anne style. The simple scooped center drawer was a popular design element in Massachusetts, as was the flattened-arch silhouette of the skirt and the acorn-form pendant drops. For several closely related examples, see Israel Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection (New York), vol. IV, p. 904, P3653 and vol. X, p. 2601, P-6301.
Francis P. Garvan and Mabel Brady Garvan were pioneer collectors of American furniture. Their collection was gifted to Yale University in 1930 by Francis (class of 1897) in honor of his wife. It formed the core of Yale's collection and is considered to be one of the foremost museum collections of early American decorative arts.