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Dressing Table

Place Made:
Fauquier County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine –oak –poplar
HOA: 30; WOA: 37 3/8; DOA: 24 1/8
Accession Number:
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.

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