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Exceptional Carved and Figured Mahogany Chippendale Dressing Table,
Extraordinary four-drawer dressing table with Rococo carved details on the half-round molded top edge, on a case of a long thumb molded drawer and three short drawers below, the center drawer with rococo carved foliate scrolls descending to bell flowers centering five columns on stepped bases joined by rarely seen Gothic arches, all flanked by foliate scroll carved quarter columns on cabriole legs with foliate scroll carved knees continuing to claw and ball feet joined by scroll foliate carved shaped skirt centering a carved and pierced leafy scroll pendant, the carving continuing to the sides of the case, replaced brasses, 91cm wide, 50cm deep, 76cm high (36 5/8in wide, 20in deep, 30 1/4in high).
This dressing table was possibly originally owned by Nicholas Power (1742-1808) who married Rebecca Corey (1747-1825) in 1766. Nicholas Power is the most likely individual in the Power family to have owned this fine piece. He was a first cousin of Nicholas, John, Joseph, and Moses Brown who, through their business with Nicholas Brown & Co., dominated 18th-century Providence mercantile life. After his work with Nicholas Brown & Company, Nicholas Power became a successful merchant and ropemaker.
Paper label inscribed "Dressing table belonged to the Power family. Bought of Mrs. Hall." in hand of Anne Allen Dorr Ives (1810-84). She likely acquired the table for the Thomas Poynton Ives House, which she occupied with her husband, Moses Brown Ives (1794-1857), after the death of his mother, Hope Brown Ives, in 1855. It descended through their daughter, Hope Brown Ives Russell (1839-1909), to nephew Robert Hale Ives Goddard (1837-1916), who married Rebekah Burnet Groesbeck (1839-1914) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1870; thence to their son Robert Hale Ives Goddard (1880-1959) who married Margaret Hazard (1885-1969) in 1908, and finally to their grandchildren, the present owners.
Thomas Michie, "Bought ... of nobody for almost nothing': Anne Allen Ives and China Collecting in Nineteenth-Century New England," in Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife: New England Collectors and Collections, Peter Benes, ed. (Boston: Boston University, 2006), 87-101.
The Magazine Antiques (November 1936): no. 5, p. 204 as the property of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Ives Goddard.