Bird’s Eye Maple Vanity

This is a one of a kind, Bird’s Eye Maple, vanity or dressing table. Dressing tables or vanities are incredibly rare in the 19th century and this one really catches one’s eye.

Overall, it is in outstanding condition. While it appears to retain the original sconces, the knobs are replaced. The marble top insert is original but has some slight staining. The stains are dramatically less noticeable in person. The flash really makes them stand out. The secondary wood is Chestnut. It is 4′ wide, 66 1/2″ tall, and 21 3/4″ deep. The leg clearance is sufficient for a modern chair at 23 7/8″. The bird’s eye maple really pops. When looking at the pictures below, please note that I did my best. The wood is consistent in color but does not always appear that way in the pictures. There is a dressing or accouterments slide on the side for additional surface space. This really is an amazing piece. American. Circa 1835.

Recent scholarship has allowed this piece to be attributed to Thomas Cook and Richard Parkin or Richard Parkin, Philadelphia, PA. This piece is now published in American Furniture 2013. The article “A Shadow of a Magnitude”: The Furniture of Thomas Cook and Richard Parkin depicts our piece on page 178.

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