Dressing table

Is owned by NYHS: 
Dressing table
Dressing table
Dressing table
Dressing table
Dressing table
Mahogany, mahogany and other inlays, white pine, yellow poplar
Overall: 65 1/4 x 47 x 22 in. ( 165.7 x 119.4 x 55.9 cm )
Mahogany Federal lady's cabinet dressing table; upper section consists of an oval mirror over two drawers, backboard decorated with swag inlay; flanked by two cabinets with frieze of swag inlay and ogee-shaped domes surmounted by carved and gilded urns; cabinet doors have inset oval mirror on interior with banks of drawers below pigeon holes. Lower section consists of cabinet with square top and ovolo corners; conforming case with slide with inset leather writing surface above center drawer with interior boxes and circular cut-out for basin; flanked on each side by two corner drawers with quarter round fronts, above three cabinets with tambour doors. Case supported by six tapered legs with ogee-topped stringing; brass oval and circular mounts with bail and pendant ring handles. Fragments of black fabric and tack holes on underside edge of case suggest use of a drapery skirt.
Credit Line 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
Object Number 
written: lower right hand drawer: "Livingston"
Gallery Label 
The design of this lady's cabinet dressing table is modeled closely on Plate 49 of Thomas Sheraton's "Cabinet Maker's and Upholsterer's Drawing Book" (London, 1793). In describing the furniture form, Sheraton noted that it "contains every requisite for a lady to dress at. . . . " The dressing table may have been made as a wedding present for Maria L. Livingston, the daughter of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group