Exceptional Dressing Table
This particular dressing table was part of
a discussion on dressing tables in my July 2010 issue in which we explored
the various styles and forms of this furniture. We often identify this
piece by the oval open decoration at the top which is part of the Rococo
style. I refer to this piece as the dressing table with the lazy eyes! The
gold transfer work around these oval openings is especially noteworthy in
that this looks like tapestry rope which also comes down on the sides. If
you study the transfer work above these openings, you see grand corner
spirals and leaves over lattice, almost like you are viewing a magnificent
wall decoration of a grand home.
A small recessed mirror is found on the
back wall which is mounted on aqua paper. The base of this piece is like a
bureau with openings on top for powder bowls and perfume.
Most amazing is the center drawer, which
when opened, is a sewing drawer! All of the compartments are separated
with aqua paper and Dresden paper trims! In the center is a rose velvet
covering to house scissors and an ivory stiletto. Balls of tapestry
threads are found in the little compartments.. Below this drawer are two
cupboard doors that open for storage. Gold transfer work appears on the
front of the cabinet and at the top of this piece, but not on the flat
dressing table with the holes for bottles. This is a truly remarkable
piece for your dolls' house bedroom!
Measurements: 7-1/8"h.x 3-1/2"w.
Circa: 19th Century