dressing table is the finest Salem dressing table we have
ever seen, and easily matches up to the best of the BostonSeymour
view an attached comparative of a typical Boston Seymour
dressing table and our Salem model. Note the mirror
brackets--which are twice as large as those found on the
Boston example--and the magnificent acanthus carving and
rosettes carved out of the same solid block as the bracket
itself, not merely carved afterward and applied (see
detail). The carved broken arch pediment with giltwood eagle above the mirror and central panel with reeded frame complete the tour de force mirror presentation. Equally impressive is the actual case with the carved and punchworked collonettes the three upper drawers (see
detail). If this weren't enough, the motif is repeated once again in greater scale as carved capitals below the second tier of drawers
with the remaining two drawers recessed below which provides
a visual slimming of the piece (see
side view). Also note the beautifully carved acanthus
element with typical punchwork background above the legs
the drawers are edged in brass instead of contrasting
woods, the former of which was popular at this time
in the early 19th century, particularly in continental French
We have been able to locate another example of the
Salem dressing chest and mirror, and that was at the Flayderman
sale in 1931 (see
attached). Note, while that example and ours both have
double carved acanthus/wheat collonettes above the front
legs, ours has a recessed lower set of drawers, as opposed
to all being on the same plane, and a figured wood panel
above the lower carved acanthus element. And, our example
further has this panel repeated above the mirror, flanked
by scrolls which is non-existent in this illustrated example.
The grand flow of our mirror brackets speak for themselves.
We feel this is a major casepiece produced
in Salem in the early 19th century, showing Salem as a city
capable of producing great masterpieces.
Height: 72 in. Width:
39 1/2 in.
Depth: 19 3/4 in.