Dressing table

Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1735–1740
Physical Description:
30 x 34 x 22 in.
Walnut; pine; brass
Sack catalogue description: Queen Anne walnut blockfront lowboy, the blocking, case and top are all veneered on pine, the veneer being of rich crotch figure with each blocked concave and convex panel bordered by a checkered inlay; the case contains one long blocked drawer and three blocked divided drawers below, the end drawers convex, the center concave blocked drawer contains an inlaid shell in bold relief, each radiate of which has a cyma-shaped terminal; the brasses and acorn pendant drops are original, the cabriole legs with rounded knees are beautifully curved and end in wafer pad feet, the top is of conforming shape with a complex molding and notched corners on all four sides; the top is veneered with beautifully figured crotch veneer in quartered panels contained in checkered borders with crossbanded outer border, fine old patina. Descended in the Munro family and belonged originally to Colonel William Munro of Lexington, Massachusetts, who built the Munro Tavern; the lowboy was purchased by us from a direct descendant of Colonel William Munro. This discovery adds a new dimension to the small group of perhaps eight or ten Queen Anne blockfront lowboys, all appearing to have emanated from Boston; while this example conforms in design and proportion to the design of the basic group, it is the first example employing the rich veneers of other Boston pieces of the early Queen Anne group. The dot-dash checkered borders are seen on the Queen Anne veneered Karolik secretary in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 6, p. 1462–1463, pl. P4506.
Variant Titles:
Queen Anne walnut blockfront lowboy
Decoration and ornament--Queen Anne style
Furniture--United States
Queen Anne
Accession Number:
dressing tables (AAT)
low chests (AAT)
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
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Access Restrictions:
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
Source Note:
Sack, October 1977
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder 10319 cab1dr4 tiff
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
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