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Queen Anne Cherrywood Lowboy Dressing Table | Massachusetts, circa 1740-60


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Massachusetts, circa 1740-60 | with original brasses, fan-carved central drawer over arched apron with acorn finials
Item # 209PLZ16W 

A good Queen Anne dressing table crafted entirely of cherrywood primaries featuring a rectangular top with an integral thumb-molded edge and inverted front corners projecting over a single full-width frieze drawer over a central fan-carved drawer with a scooped lower profile that carries through to the apron beneath it, this drawer flanked on either side by smaller drawers. All drawers are hung with apparently original batwing brasses and are surrounded by beaded moldings in the apron. The drawer bottoms are set fore-to-aft with iron brads along the front and back edges while the sides are set in grooves beneath applied runners in the hand-dovetailed frame. A series of small cove-molded pieces are applied along the underside of the table top.

The apron is comprised of three arches dividing the full width, the centermost point with a demilune flanked on either side by hanging acorn finials; these are probably 20th century replacements, expertly carved. The dressing table rests over cabriolet legs terminating in padded feet raised on an integral disk.

A very pleasing form with a lovely mellowed surface throughout.

Measurements: 29 7/8" H x 20 3/4" D x 34 1/4" W

Condition Report:
Old finish with scuffs and wear throughout, probably lightly refreshed at some point in the 20th century in a way that beautifully preserved the underlying patina; front right leg (when facing the table) right kneecap return is replaced, all other returns original, back right knee return missing; finials and the horizontal molding immediately above each are replaced; brasses are almost certainly original; somewhat odd parceling out of the molding beneath the top, two pieces missing; several secondary glue blocks absent, all remaining glue blocks appear to be fully original; some 21st century drawer stops added inside of the case (obvious and reversible).