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Basin stand with a cove-and-cavetto-molded ring top supported by three double-baluster-ring-and-block-turned shafts with a triangular case or box set between them at center and a triangular base on three cabriole legs with padded snake feet. On the lower section of the shafts, the balusters (one long over one short) are inverted. The central case has double-ogee shaped lower edges, cut corners, and a single, thumb-molded drawer. The drawer has single brass pull at center, cast with a garland design having a large flower at center. The base or undershelf has a dished circular depression.

The shafts of the stand are tenoned into the ring top and the base. The box sides are tenoned into the shafts. A series of quarter-round glue blocks on the underside of the top and bottom of the box secure the respective joints. The box top is formed from a single, side-to-side grain orientation board and the bottom is formed from two. The base consists of two horizontally laminated boards, with a plug or tenon at the center, visible from the underside. The legs are joined to the base with half-blind sliding dovetails

The front, back, and sides of the triangular drawers are nailed together. The drawer bottom has front-to-back grain orientation, is set into rabbets on the sides, and is nailed to the underside of the front and back.

Date

1740-1770


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), oak (drawer bottom), possibly ash (drawer sides and back), brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 30 in. x 22 1/2 in. x 14 3/4 in. (76.2 cm x 57.15 cm x 37.47 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 1998


Object Number

M-3978


Colors


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