A June 12, 1754 invoice from Williamsburg cabinetmaker Peter Scott to Daniel Parke Custis (1711-1757), Martha Washington's first husband, records Scott's manufacture of "2 Mahogany Dressing tables…£10." Martha brought both tables to Mount Vernon after marrying George Washington in January 1759. This one, which stands in the couple's bedchamber today, is the only known documented piece of furniture by Scott. Bureau dressing tables originated in England in the early 18th century, and were used for dressing, writing and storage. Fashionable and functional, they remained quite popular there and throughout the American colonies for decades. More


c. 1754




Mahogany (primary), yellow pine (case back, dustboards, drawerbacks), white oak (most drawer sides and bottoms)


Overall (H x W x D): 32 1/4 in. x 35 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (81.92 cm x 90.81 cm x 50.17 cm)


Purchase, 1939

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