lowboy; Chippendale type framed with carved quarter-round columns; lower center drawer displays pierced shell and foliate scrolls; ornate rococo carving decorates edge of apron and legs; cabriole legs with ball and claw feet; brass 'Bag Wing' drop handles

Dressing table, c. 1760–80

The elaborate scroll and leaf decoration on this 18th-century dressing table derives from the style of English designer Thomas Chippendale. The maker of this object became known as "The Garvan Carver" when a group of works in the Francis Garvan collection at Yale University were determined to be made by the same unidentified person. Scholars continue to investigate the Garvan Carver, who is believed to have worked in Philadelphia.

Details
Title
Dressing table
Artist Life
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), active 1750–1770
Role
Maker
Accession Number
31.21
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lowboy; Chippendale type framed with carved quarter-round columns; lower center drawer displays pierced shell and foliate scrolls; ornate rococo carving decorates edge of apron and legs; cabriole legs with ball and claw feet; brass 'Bag Wing' drop handles