Mid-Atlantic States
Possibly Thomas White of North Carolina or Middletown, New Jersey
Circa 1755

Primary Wood: Walnut
Secondary Woods: Yellow Pine, Atlantic White Cedar (by microanalysis)

Height: 29 7/8 inches
Width: 34 1/2 inches
Depth: 22 1/2 inches

Reference: For work on Thomas White and the Rhode Island influence on North Carolina furniture see John Bivins, “Rhode Island Influence in the Work of Two North Carolina Cabinetmakers” in American Furniture, 1999.

See also a dressing table from Norfolk, Virginia in Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, pages 277-280, figure 83, for its similar aesthetic, identical woods, and its design parallels with New England examples.

For a very similar lowboy from Rhode Island please see Israel Sack, Celebrating our 90th Anniversary, page 31.

See also John Bivins, Jr. The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina 1700-1820, pages 386-387, for his discussion of the French Huguenot settlers in eastern North Carolina. The unusual “spurs” on the legs may have been inspired by the pied-de-biche (literally deer hoof) motif of late 17th century French cabinetmakers.

Item Number: 7217