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Dressing table with looking glass

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In the late eighteenth century, independent dressing glasses commonly were placed on tables or chests of drawers. The practice led to the evolution of a new form in bedroom furniture-the bureau with an attached mirror. This example is attributed to Boston cabinetmaker Thomas Seymour, who billed...

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Owned originally in the Derby/West family of Salem, Massachusetts; descended in the family to the donor. From R. Mussey catalog: This was owned by Elizabeth Derby West. It descended to her daughter Mrs. Elizabeth West Landers. Is was purchased at the sale of the furniture of Capt. Edward Landers of Oak Hill in Danvers, Massachusetts, by Nathaniel Leverett Rogers. It then went to Richard Edwards and ultimately to the the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Edwards

about 1809

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 189.2 x 102.9 x 56.5 cm (74 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, cross-birch veneers, curly satinwood, eastern white pine, oak, ash, and original brasses




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes