Details

Title

Dressing Table

Artist/Maker

George A. Schastey (1839–1894, New York, NY), designer and maker

Date

ca. 1880

Medium

Maple, mahogany, white pine, marble with marquetry of mahogany and mother-of-pearl, brass, mirrored glass, silver-plated drawer pulls, and upholstered footrest

Dimensions

86 3/8 x 36 x 18 3/4 inches

Credit

Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection

Accession #

1982.315

On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 303

With its beautiful carving and marquetry, this dressing table is similar in quality to pieces produced by leading New York firms of the time, such as Herter Brothers. Mahogany and maple provide a striking visual contrast that is enriched by inlaid mother-of-pearl. When the mirror-backed doors are open they reveal a third mirror—all framed in marquetry of maple, mahogany, and mother-of-pearl (an expensive luxury that would usually be hidden). Marquetry drawer fronts with peacock feathers in mother-of-pearl and silver-plated drawer pulls add further opulence, while the complex jigsaw-cut decoration around the upholstered footrest echoes the scroll patterns in the marquetry.