Learn about Dressing Table

A table or cabinet fitted with mirrors, small drawers and compartments, used especially by ladies at their toilette. There have been many variations over the past two centuries. The great 18th century designers delighted in contriving elegant tables, ingeniously fitted with all kinds of sliding and hidden mirrors, drawers and cosmetic boxes. Some versions had small bookshelves and drawers in the superstructure, while others were plainer, square tables, with fold over lids which, when opened, revealed the mirrors and compartments.

Victorian dressing tables followed the prevailing fashions of the various revival styles, although the form became established as a table supported by scroll, turned or cabriole legs, with an oval or square mirror and a series of small drawers known as a Duchess dressing table. Another version consisted of two pedestals, fitted with drawers on either side of a cheval mirror.

Edwardian dressing tables were usually plainer, with typical turned legs, squarer lines and sometimes containing wing mirrors. more...
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A marble top huon pine dressing table, W.H. Rocke & Co, Melbourne, circa 1875, 168 cm high, 128 cm wide, 60 cm deep. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Wool

A marble top huon pine dressing table, Tasmanian, circa 1875, 77 cm high, 122 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Victorian huon pine dressing table, circa 1880, the inverted break-front top with a gallery of small drawers and a cylinder-front compartment supporting a swinging mirror with carved scrolling supports, raised on a pair of carved scrolling monopod suppor

A Victorian huon pine ladies dressing table with matching washstand circa 1870.

An Edwardian huon pine six drawer dressing table bevel wing mirrored stretcher based with spindle finial decoration

A late 19th century Australian colonial huon pine dressing table with swing mirror on two pedestals each with graduated drawers

19th century huon pine dressing table with a rectangular plate mirror, a shaped surround, two pedestals, an arrangement of four small drawers and five larger drawers to each pedestal, and a shaped plinth base

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