Learn about Duchess Dressing Tables and Chests

A Victorian dressing table, usually in the Rococo revival style. It generally has heavy cabriole or scroll legs standing on a platform base, although turned and reeded legs are not uncommon. The table. top may be rectangular or serpentine in shape. The superstructure consists of an oval or rounded mirror supported by carved brackets, beneath which are two or three small drawers for gloves, pins, jewellery and so on. Normally made from walnut, mahogany or cedar. A duchess chest is a term frequently, though some-what misleadingly, applied in the Australian antique market to a combination chest. It consists of a chest of drawers surmounted by a swing mirror flanked by several small drawers for gloves or studs. Mainly found in Edwardian furniture, both in pine and cedar.
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A Victorian mahogany duchess dressing table, 176 cm high, 120 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Federation pine duchess dressing table, four drawers to base and two jewellry drawers and a swing mirror 170 cm high, 90 cm wide, 45 cm deep

An Australian fiddleback blackwood settee carved with the Advance Australia arms, circa 1900, the rounded rectangular buttoned back with scrolled end and carved lion mask head, rising to a crest carved with the Advance Australia arms medallion, raised on c

Victorian mahogany Duchess dressing table fitted with seven drawers, central frieze drawer below on scroll legs joined by concave platform base

Victorian burr walnut Duchess dressing table top fitted with small drawers and central cupboard, frieze draw below on fluted bulbous legs joined by a concave platform base

A Victorian mahogany Duchess dressing table. Width 120 cm. Depth 62 cm. Height 172 cm

A Louis XV style white painted and gilt wood duchess lounge, 19th century, the round back with an arched top rail centred by a foliate crest above padded arms and a fitted cushion raised on cabriole legs 164 cm long.