19th Century Napoleon III Inlaid Ladies Petite Dressing Table
Pictured here is an amazing, beautiful Ladies Petite Desk. The table is 28" tall , 15 1/2 " wide , and 26" in length. These were NOT common and only very high elite ladies had these. Starting at the top, you will notice great details with inlay work. The designs cover most of the top. Please take notice in the center of the top, where you will see musical notes. Most likely this woman loved music, as lots of these were custom made. The sides of the top, as well as the rest of the piece is covered with bronze. Once you open up the top, you will notice a beveled mirror. This was used for a woman to put on her make-up , and Jewelry. The compartments are about 3" deep which would of held all her personal Jewelry etc. On both sides of the desk, there are 2 side drawers, where the lids open up. There are NO hinges to these lids, just a pop up action. There is also a key hole, which would of had a key. All of these were very important to lock from their staff. Here is a little history on the dressing table. In the early days, they were sometimes called the toilet table, as these tables were indeed used in the bathroom and not just for the application of make-up and the styling of hair but also for ritualistic and hygienic washing. These days, dressing tables are also called vanity tables. Like most inventions, it came about out of necessity. The basic piece includes a table with drawers, some of which are hidden, and a mirror. Variations and styles have evolved over time, but the dressing table continues to be a functional part of the bedroom or dressing room. An antique dressing table can add charm and elegance to that functionality. Originally, only privileged women, or titled women, owned dressing tables. These tables were seen as luxury items. For this reason, early-period antique dressing tables are not as common as some other antique furniture items more commonly used. Its noble origin adds appeal to an antique dressing table. First appearing in the sixteenth century, carpenters and furniture makers designed the dressing table so as to conceal certain drawers. The drawers provided extra storage, but that was an ancillary benefit. The real reasons for the drawers were for secrecy and security. Here was a place where a woman could hide her most valuable items, be they jewels, gold, silver, love letters or other treasured items. These tables featured intricate detailing and sophisticated styles. As dressing tables came into more common use, manufacturers created more elaborate and expensive innovations to appeal to the rich. Please look very close at all of the pictures as this is a very special Ladies Table.
WIDTH: 26 in | HEIGHT: 28 in | DEPTH: 15 in
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