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Dressing Bureau

Place Made:
Possibly Tennessee United States of America
Date Made:
1830-1860
Medium:
mahogany veneer –white pine –glass
Dimensions:
HOA; Drawers only: 42-13/16″
HOA: with mirror: 79-5/16″
Accession Number:
5655
Description:
Dressing bureau with mahogany veneer and elaborate parquetry inlay; Mirror mounted in rectangular frame consisting of four layers, a light wood band, a stepped dark wood, a band of diamond pattered inlay and a wide band of dark wood; the mirror is attached to “S” shaped columns on either side by a peg; the case contains 4 serpentine shaped drawers with round wooden pulls and key escutcheons; the top drawers with diamond pattered inlay in the center and on each end, the top drawer projects out over two console columns that flank three smaller drawers below that sit on a serpentine shaped base above two thick scrolled feet.
History:
The piece descended in the Grigsby-Baugh Family. William Aaron Baugh (1827-1898) was born in Tennessee. He was the son of John Baugh and Martha Elizabeth Trotter. IN 1856, he married Sarah Anne Grigsby, the daughter of Edward Watson Grigsby (1808-1881), a prominent planter, and his wife Permelia Adams (1812-1898). The Grigsbys owned “Buck Isle Plantation”, located on the Elk River in Limestone County, Alabama, as well as property in Giles County, Tennessee.

The dressing bureau subsequently descended in the family of John Edward Baugh (1858-1933) of Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Glaze.