English Oak and Walnut Dressing Table
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Early 18th century English oak and walnut lowboy, the quarter bookmatched top with herringbone stringing and walnut crossbanding, over two deep and one shallow drawer with crossbanded edges, standing on square shaped legs with suggestions of a braganza foot. This table is an interesting transitional Provincial version of a high style early Georgian dressing table. The construction of the carcass is typical of William and Mary period tables with the body constructed as a box with legs attached below the apron, indicating that the maker was well versed in the older construction and a little unfamiliar with more fashionable tastes. This leads one to believe this is the work of an older craftsman and the fact that while the top and sides are veneered in walnut, the legs are solid oak - the stock in trade of the country cabinetmaker - an indication of its Provincial origins. The fact that the quarter veneered top is not perfectly centered also suggests a maker striving beyond his comfort zone to create something "a la mode." All three drawers retain their original brasses and locks.
- Oak, Walnut