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...These Edwardian pieces usually contain sections of machine-made carving, based on the acanthus leaf, sometimes in conjunction with various Neoclassical devices such as the broken pediment, shallow reeding and so on.
The revival of the Queen Anne style in the 20th century saw many dressing tables in ash or maple made with cabriole legs and plate glass mirrors. They are usually stained a revolting scarlet described by the manufacturers as 'mahogany'.
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A Victorian mahogany dressing table, second half 19th century, the dressing table with an arched mirror with foliate carved side supports above a rear section with bow front pairs of drawers centred by one other, the breakfront section below also with a ce
A Victorian mahogany dressing table, mid 19th century, with an arch framed mirror with buttress style supports upon pedestals with three drawers each and a central curved lift top compartment, a curvaceous top with a central frieze drawer and supported on
An Edwardian mahogany dressing table, early 20th century, the mirror backed table with a relief carved arch top flanked by pairs of small drawers with two half width drawers below with pierced brass hardware, a stretcher shelf and supported on turned legs,
Maple & Co Edwardian period Sheraton Revival mahogany dressing table, inlaid satinwood banded decoration, two doors with inlaid classical maidens, oval bevel mirror, original 'Bale' handles, central drawer stamped Maple & Co Ltd, applied makers plaque, Map
A Victorian mahogany dressing table, circa 1870s, a 'D' shaped table with an arched mirror between pierced decorative supports, a roll front compartment flanked by plinths each with three cockbeaded drawers, a frieze drawer and upon bold reeded cap and tur
A Victorian mahogany dressing table, circa 1870s, of curvaceous breakfront form with a quatrefoil shaped mirror between pierced decorative supports, and upon a shaped compartment with three drawers, the base with a frieze drawer and upon generous cabriole
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