Learn about Washstand

Essentially a 19th century development of the 18th century basin stand, the washstand had assumed a regular table form by about the 1830s, usually with a marble top and pot board beneath. The earlier timber top washstands had a timber splashback, while the marble top washstands usually had a matching marble splashback often with a small semicircular shelf for the soap dish, or a tiled splashback. Many washstands had a hole cut into the top to contain the china wash basin. Washstands were generally supported on pedestal, scrolled or cabriole legs, in keeping with the dressing table with which they were often made en suite. Edwardian washstands like most furniture of the period were much more rectangular in outline, with squared corners and (Lassetter) fairly plainly turned legs. They sometimes had a cupboard below the marble top. The back was usually tiled, often featuring the Art Nouveau motifs. Washstands were used until the 1920s.

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Antique Edwardian marble topped titled back wash stand, approx 150 cm high, 50 cm deep, 90 cm wide

Antique French Louis Philippe lift top walnut washstand, mirrored and marbled interior, approx 98 cm high, 81 cm wide, 46 cm deep

An 1870s burr walnut twin pedestal wash stand with marble top and marble splash boards, 102 cm high. 123 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A cedar wash stand having four drawers a pot cupboard and tiled back. Height 160 cm. Width 130 cm. Depth 50 cm

Edwardian marble top wash stand with tiled back, supported by turned legs, 107 cm wide, 51 cm deep, 97 cm high approx

Victorian marble top wash stand with 2 drawers, supported by turned ends, 107 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 84 cm high approx

French washstand with rouge marble top above two short drawers and two door cabinet, internal plumbing for manual use. Height 118 cm. Width 86 cm. Depth 65

Antique marble topped wash stand, approx 97 cm high, 122 cm wide, 60 cm deep

An important English mahogany washstand, belonging to famed English Explorer Dr. Livingstone. With label & newspaper clipping under the lid. 'This washstand was the property of & in use by, the late Dr. Livingstone, Explorer, & was given by him in 1858 to

Antique English Regency mahogany wash stand, standing on multi ring turned slender legs, fitted with deep splash back, approx 101 cm high, 92 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A George III mahogany corner wash stand with ebony stringing 110 cm high, 45 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A cedar wash stand, Australian, circa 1840, 98 cm high, 93 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A marble top demi-lune huon pine washstand, Australian, circa 1875, 90 cm high, 91 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A marble top huon pine washstand, Tasmanian, circa 1875, 101 cm high, 123 cm wide, 54 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra p. 378 (illustra

Antique French Louis XVI style marble topped wash stand, approx 205 cm high, 115 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany corner washstand c.1810, 43 x 100 cm

Quality late 19th century washstand in satin birch with marble top and tiled back

Georgian mahogany gentleman's washstand on ribbed legs with two drawers c.1820

A Georgian style mahogany corner washstand 19th century and later. Height 110 cm

Antique metal English washstand table of tri form shape, 75 cm high

19th century marble top faux bamboo wash stand with mirror back two single drawers over three long drawers, measures 120 cm x 51 cm (marble restored to corner section)

Antique marble topped washstand, with tiled back, 106 cm wide, 109 cm high

Antique marble topped tiled back washstand, approx 120 cm high, 116 cm wide

A Victorian figured walnut washstand with marble shelf and three-quarter panel bask, the twin-pedestal base with nine drawers. Height 103 cm. Width 139 cm

Antique French walnut Louis XV marble topped washstand cabinet, approx 102 cm high, 101 cm wide

Corner wash stand, approx 115 cm high, 67 cm wide, 67 cm depth

Antique pine two drawer washstand, standing on square tapering legs, approx 90 cm high, 87 cm wide

A George III mahogany washstand, of square section, the top with simple serpentine frieze raised on four slender tapering legs, united by a lower tier incorporating a single drawer. 39 cm x 39 cm x 81 cm

Marble topped Demilune washstand, approx. 100 cm high, 90 cm wide

Antique cedar marble top wash stand, with tiled back, 106 cm wide, 108 cm high

Antique French Louis XV style walnut marble topped washstand

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