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A Classical Mahogany and Birds Eye Maple Dressing Table with Mirror with original Ivory Pulls, Baltimore, c.1820/30, by John Needles and/or contemporary


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This is an outstanding classical dressing mirror that came out of two major collections.  First, that of Boston artist Bob Raymond, then the J. Jefferson & Ann Miller Collection.

It is rare to find any piece with its original ivory pulls and mirror fasteners; further this piece retains its original painted frieze above the mirror.  

This form was very popular in England, and was produced here to great success by Thomas Seymour, Boston, Mass.  (See related item sw01790.)  This piece is of a slightly larger scale than the Seymour piece, and a little later: 1820 rather than 1810.  Also, this piece is Southern, where the scale of rooms is much larger, which explains its larger scale.  The turret corners are a desirable feature, and the wood is absolutely magnificent, with the finest figured mahogany and striking bird’s eye maple.  Note the fineness of the dovetails and the quality of the work.  This is the top of quality art furniture made in America.  Unlike any of the Seymour pieces, this dressing table has a pull out drawer with writing surface.  

A related table is illustrated in American Antique Furniture: A Book For Amateurs, Vol. 2 Miller, see Edgar G. Miller, Jr. (cat. no. 754).

Provenance:
The Collection of J. Jefferson & Anne Weiler Miller (2014)
The Collection of Bob Raymond (c.1980)

Height: 76 in.  Depth: 23 in.
Width: 41 in.  Case Width: 38 1/4 in.
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