(in a private collection)

A Very Fine, Rare Queen Anne Cherry Dressing Table
1328.  A VERY FINE, RARE QUEEN ANNE CHERRY DRESSING TABLE
Eastern Connecticut, Circa 1750-1760
 
DESCRIPTION:    This piece has the compact case, beautiful proportions, graceful cabriole legs, and excellent fan carving for which the Connecticut cabinetmakers are famous. The triple flat arch apron with acorn drop pendants is a Colchester stylistic feature.
 
The construction includes a rail above the three lipped box drawers and a two-board molded edge top pinned to the frame. The central drawer is carved with a large fan having fifteen rays. This drawer has the added important feature of being blocked. In addition, the drawer blocking conforms to a matching blocked central section of the apron, the end result being a graceful and harmonious emphasis on the large fan carving.
 
Spurred knee returns are applied under the apron; these plus the two drops beneath the skirt reflect proper and careful conservation based on research of the appearance of the originals.

MATERIALS:    Primary wood: cherry
                        Secondary woods: pine
 
DIMENSIONS:    Height: 32 3/4"     Case width: 31 5/8"
                          Depth of case: 18 3/8"     Depth of top board: 23 3/8"
 
CONDITION:    Excellent condition with high quality construction features. This table has been left alone in a single family for a long time. Its surface quality reflecting the normal marks of usage plus the expected shrinkage of wood are testament to its originality and wonderful state of preservation. The pins securing the top have never been moved. Drawer runners are original. A minor chip on the left drawer lip exists on the upper right corner.
 
SURFACE:    Superb, highly desirable old, probably original crazed surface with dark, rich patina.
 
REPAIRS:    Brasses are period but not original; borings from previous pulls can be seen beneath the current hardware. Knee returns have been created to conform to shadows remaining on the case. The shape of both the knee returns plus the drop pendants are based on references in Kugelman for Eastern Connecticut dressing tables.
 
PROVENANCE:    This dressing table was found in a private home where it had remained in a single family.
 
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A Very Fine, Rare Queen Anne Cherry Dressing Table

 
 
 
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