This handsome dressing table is constructed of first quality mahogany and fully developed Rococo carving on the drawer, apron and knees. Excellent proportions compliment these successful carvings. Decorative quarter columns, superb hardware and bold ball and claw feet further enhance the piece. The result of all of these qualities taken together is a definitive example of superior Philadelphia cabinetmaking.
The rectangular top has a molded edge with notched front corners and is joined with a stepped under-molding. The top is above a single long drawer and three short drawers. The drawers have cock-bead surrounds and terrific pierced Chinese Chippendale hardware. The center drawer has a finely carved concave shell with a stippled background and a raised central blossom. The shell is framed with graceful foliate vines and is fitted with a brass pull. These carving which are related to a group of documented pieces are associated with an unnamed carved referred to as the “Garvan carver”.
The case is flanked with fluted quarter columns. The gently scrolled apron is expertly carved with a high rococo motif of vines and foliates gadroons, centering a raised scallop shell. The apron joins four cabriole legs with shaped knee returns and bold ball and claw feet. The knees on the front legs are relief carved with scrolls and leafage. The case has a deep color with a pleasing surface.
Dimensions: Case width 34" Depth 20"; Height 32” Top Width 36 ¼”.