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Dressing Table

Place Made:
Fauquier County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1780-1790
Medium:
walnut –yellow pine –oak –poplar
Dimensions:
HOA: 30; WOA: 37 3/8; DOA: 24 1/8
Accession Number:
4055
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Table with molded top over 3 drawers in one tier; frame with scalloped and pierced decoration; supported with straight Marlborough legs with struck beaded corners; several cracks on top.

STYLE: The baroque scalloped and pierced frame and pegged top are a carry-over from earlier styles. The use of struck-molding on all sides of the top is a feature often seen in southern furniture of this period, though the table was not intended to sit away from the wall.

WOODS: walnut, with oak and poplar drawer liners, mixed yellow pine dividers and drawer supports, drawer guides, case back.

History:
Descended in the Blackwell family of Fauquier County, Virginia, and probably belonged originally to Ann (Eustace) Hull Blackwell (1761-1840), who married Joseph Blackwell (1752-1826) on December 28, 1783 in neighboring Stafford County. The Blackwells lived at The Meadows, near Warrenton, Virginia.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund