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A dressing table
George III, circa 1790

satinwood

Lot 70 in this sale is a fine satinwood example of a furniture type that became popular in the late 18th century. Designs of similar dressing tables with twin flap tops can be found in the directories of Sheraton and Hepplewhite, although generically, the model was conceived as early as 1761 by Thomas Chippendale; see, pl No.LIV, The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director. This present lot is a hybrid version of different designs. The overall arrangement of drawers is similar to what Hepplewhite termed as a 'Shaving table'; see pl.80, The cabinet make and upholsterer's guide, noticing the round shaving well to this lot underneath the mirror. The pop up cartonnier relates to a similar mechansim found on a design for a pembroke table by Sheraton; see pl.56, page 115, The cabinet maker and upholsterer's handbook.

The fine choice of satinwood shows that no expense was spared when making the table. This is demonstrated clearly on the cartonnier, where the satinwood drawers have been veneered to create a subtle chevron effect.

 


h.91cm., w.66cm., d.55cm.
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Fine Furniture: The 18th Century Interior

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