Dressing table or lowboy, 1745-1755
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Great Central Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Philadelphia, 1864.
"Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680 - 1758," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999
"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Arkell, Roland, and Catherine Saunders-Watson, The Vendue-Masters: Tales from Within the Walls of American's Oldest Auction House ( Antique Collectors' Club, 2005). pp. 72-73, illus.

Lindsey, Jack L., Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758 (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999)

Talbott, Page, "The House that Franklin Built" (Antiques & Fine Art, Vol. VI, Issue 5, January-February 2006, pp. 232-38)

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

The dressing table descended in the family of Franklin's grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache. It was apparently displayed as Franklin's at Philadelphia's Great Central Fair for the U.S Sanitary Commission (often called "The Sanitary Fair"), held in June, 1864, to raise funds for medical supplies for the Northern troops during the American Civil War. Objects were contributed to the fair's administrators for exhibition and sale. In a journal written in 1900, George Vaux VIII wrote that the table "was bought by brother William at the Sanitary fair in 1863 [sic] and he seemed to be satisfied with the account given to him that it originally belonged to Franklin." Three months earlier, Dr. Franklin Bache, son of Benjamin Franklin Bache, died; in his inventory is a table in the attic which the appraisers called a "toilet table." This may have been the table acquired at the end of the fair for $10 by Willliam Sansom Vaux. It remained in the Vaux family until April 1999, when its present owner acquired it from the estate of William Sansom Vaux's grandnephew, the late George Vaux X.
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