A Monumental Figured
Mahogany Classical Dressing Mirror,
with Gothic Panels, New York, c.1840
This is a very tall dressing
mirror, however, no wider than most. It exhibits the
finest craftsmanship and mahogany available at the
time. The decoration is quite restrained, however,
detail is executed at every point, for example, just
below the urns on top of the standards that hold the
mirror are panels that have mahogany banding around
detail). While this subtle embellishment may be
gilding the lily, it's an example of the standard
of quality this dressing table sets. The Gothic arch
panels flanking the main drawers suggest a Gothic
piece, but the arch motif is very subtle and ultimately
subservient to a strong Classical columnar presentation.
The feet are typical of those done by companies such
as Meeks and Sons, New York and comes somewhat after
the paw foot era. This piece would have certainly
fit into the early New York townhouses of the time.
The condition is
superb, with no repairs or alterations, and in fact,
was found in New York.
91 1/2 in. Width: 40 in. Depth: 20 1/2 in.