Furniture:  Case Pieces
A Mahogany Classical Dressing Table

A fine mahogany Classical period dressing table having a mirror with lyre-form acanthus carved supports over a bank of two small drawers set back on a case with two long drawers raised on round turned legs ending in the original brass casters. Boston, New York, Philadelphia,or Baltimore ca. 1815. 63 inches high by 32 1/2 inches wide.

Small case pieces of beautifully grained, imported mahogany of this sort were very popular in the small rooms in row houses that lined the narrow streets of Brooklyn,Manhattan and Philadelphia after the revolution. The carving on the scrolled supports shows the hand of a master and the lively figure and rich color of the mahogany complements this compact, useful form.

Brasses and medial shelf restored. When found the drawers carried glass knobs and the shelf was missing. The nailing pattern for the shelf was detected on the shelf supports. These shelves were made of very thin stock and invariably cracked under the weight of objects such as bowls and pitchers. As an aside the mirror supports are joined the case in a novel and clever manner.


A Mahogany Classical Dressing Table