GROUP: This dressing table is among ten known from this same shop. Three are recorded in the MESDA Object Database (S-3134, S-3203, and S-4393). The tables range in width from 22 3/4″ to 28 1/2″, with this example being the most diminutive. All feature an arc or cut out below the center drawer and have tapered legs chamfered on the front. The chamfered legs are inlaid with drops hanging flowers and in one case a heart. The drops are hung with either double arcs of string with a dot inside, a circle, or a possibly unique triangular shaped form having double arched cutouts below and a gothic arch above. This triangular form also appears on a group of chest of drawers which allowed consolidation of the tables and chests into a common shop group. Two of the chests were acquired by The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1931 (1931.1.30 and 1931.1.31), and both have been surveyed by MESDA (S-28535 and S-2606). A note in the Speed’s object files states that “This chest was made by James Mallory…He hewed the trees that made this furniture for his family;” however, no research to date has identified a James Mallory as a cabinetmaker.