ca. 1855
American
mahogany, mahogany veneer, rosewood veneer; yellow pine, tulip poplar, Cedrela veneer (Spanish cedar); mirrored glass (replaced)
Milton, North Carolina, United States
Overall: 70 3/4 × 40 3/4 × 19 in. (179.71 × 103.51 × 48.26 cm)
2011.92
This dressing bureau demonstrates Thomas Day's unique variation on the Classical Revival, a furniture and architectural style prevalent throughout the United States between 1830 and 1860. While the form draws on the published designs of Baltimore architect John Hall, Day enhanced its basic "pillar and scroll" motifs in the bureau's stylized, somewhat whimsical mirror supports. A closely related bureau was produced by Day as part of a suite commissioned by North Carolina governor David Reid.
Antebellum; Classical Revival
Gift of John W. Martin and Elizabeth L. O’Leary in celebration of VMFA’s 75th anniversary
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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