Newsletter March 24th, 2011

March24th2011(Almost) Spring Greetings,

The kidney shaped 19th century neoclassical dressing stand is outstanding in the extensive use of satinwood throughout, highlighted with bandings and line inlays on the tops, edge, and aprons. The central section of the top lifts and the outboard tops swivel to reveal the compartmentalized interior. Below  the legs have ebonized line inlays and join with incurvate stretchers to a central oval shelf which shares inlays similar to the top.  H. 30”, W. 25”, D. 14”. Also, please note the oval English Hepplewhite tea caddy, circa 1790 in an unusual dark hardwood with contrasting inlay.

The second stand, probably for sewing, is late Georgian in the Hepplewhite style and is circa 1790-1810. The mahogany of this piece has a wonderful color and depth. The top is beautifully banded at the edge and rim. The top lifts to reveal a compartment from the case of two false and two working drawers. H. 26 ½”, top 25” X 13 ½”.

Above, an American oil painting of the early 1800s depicts John Makins, son of a sea captain and, by dress, perhaps one himself. In this classic view, the distant sea is shown to the right of a column and Makins rests in a red painted and gilt chair with a scrolled back holding a book. This is a charming piece and done with talent. Overall 34” X 29 ½”.

May I answer further questions or provide more detailed images?

Best regards and thanks

-Bob

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