Dressing table

Object Number: 
Probably New York mahogany, white pine, yellow poplar, other inlays
Overall: 65 1/4 x 47 x 22 in. ( 165.7 x 119.4 x 55.9 cm )
Written on lower right hand drawer: "Livingston"
Gallery Label: 

This lady's cabinet dressing table was possibly made on the occasion of the Chancellor's daughter, Margaret Maria Livingston's, wedding in July 1799. The veneer swags were a distinctly New York motif, yet the design of the form was borrowed from a plate in Thomas Sheraton’s Cabinet Maker’s and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, published in London in 1793. Although England and the United States were politically opposed, the design of the dressing table illustrates that stylistic and material exchanges between the two were frequent.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
Place Made: 
North America, U.S.A., New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group