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American Decorative Arts

Dressing table


Top, sides of case, front of case, drawer front, back of case, stretchers, legs, feet, eastern red cedar; corner posts, white oak; drawer sides and back, southern yellow pine; drawer bottom, Atlantic white cedar

30 1/8 × 30 7/8 × 19 1/8 in. (76.5 × 78.5 × 48.6 cm)
other (Case): 25 7/16 × 17 9/16 in. (64.6 × 44.6 cm)
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
Made in Pennsylvania
On view
18th century

Nutting states in 1928 (see bibliography) that this table was from Wilmington, Delaware" but no documentation to substantiate this statement has been found; it may have been based on information transmitted orally by its then owner, C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, CT. Gift in 1951 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., no. 386.

Helen Comstock, “The C. Sanford Bull Collection of New England Furniture,” Antiques 70 (August 1956): 141, ill.

Helen Comstock, “The American Lowboy: An Antiques Survey,” Antiques 80, no. 6 (December 1961): 570, fig. 1.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 365, fig. 1459.

Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 195, 203–4, 459, no. 98, ill.

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