Dressing Table Cover
Ann Ashmead married Alexander Yearly (1778-1853) in November of 1826.
DESCRIPTION: Stuffed and corded whitework dressing table cover with fringe border on three sides. Displaying a basket of flowers at center and sprigs of flowers at each end. The basket has an oval space with the name “Ann Ashmead/1823” worked inside.
FORM: Examples of “dressed” dressing tables can be found in 18th century paintings. Period references to them are rare but they do show up in inventories. A rare description is recorded in a 1783 letter by Thomas Shippen written during a stay at Westover Plantation in Virginia. He writes, “my toilet which stands under a gilt framed looking glass, is covered with a finely worked muslin.”