Coastal Mid-Atlantic United States
31-3/4 in x 17 in x 16-3/4 in
Mahogany, maple inlay, light and dark wood inlays and stringing; white pine (drawer front and interior woods), tulip poplar (drawer sides and drawer bottom)
Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp
see "Comments" section
Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp
The level of ornament on this washstand—a functional piece of furniture for a bed chamber or other non-public room—raises a question of its authenticity. No obvious signs of alteration appear, but it may have been converted from a two-drawer stand. The small shelf on curved supports seems small and insubstantial for a water pitcher and to have survived decades of use. The three smaller holes for soap dishes number one more than usual, and the holes vary slightly in diameter and, unlike other washstands, are not cut accurately. The board separating the washbowl and soap dishes from the drawer below shows even oxidation on the top, which seems problematic given where it is placed. The upper drawer is a false drawer front.