Dressing Table

Dressing Table
Walnut and yellow pine
Norfolk, Virginia
ca. 1750-1765
This dressing table descended through a family on the Eastern Shore and in Norfolk, Virginia. While the structural details of this piece, such as the minimal interior framing of single narrow central runners to support the drawers, reflect New England cabinetmaking practices, other finishing details suggest British and Southern influences. Both the pad feet of this piece and the scratch-beaded ornamentation on the skirt are British details commonly found on southern-made furniture. Additionally, in the South, walnut was commonly preferred as a primary wood and yellow pine was frequently used as a secondary wood. The maker had probably trained in Connecticut, and then moved to Norfolk.

These aspects, when combined with solid family histories placing this dressing table and two related dressing tables in the Norfolk area, demonstrate that this piece was Virginia-made.