Mahogany Toiletstand

Sight size of glass, 13? ins. x 9ins. Date about 1790.

Fig. 308. MAHOGANY WASHSTAND. 2 ft. 85- ins. high x I ft. 3 ins. wide x 1 ft. 2 ins. deep. Date about 1790.

Fig. 309. MAHOGANY WASHSTAND.

In the possession of A. <'. de Tinna, Ks<j. 2 ft. qJ ins. hi^^* Top, 17I ins. ■ in

Date nhniit 1795.

The well-known satinwood dressing-table from the Victoria and Albert Museum, reproduced here in Fig. 306, may appear to constitute an exception to the rule regarding the type of toilet-table in use during the eighteenth century. There are many reasons, however, for supposing that this piece, exquisite as it is, dates from a later period, and was probably the work of either Johnstone & Jeanes, or Wright & Mansfield. The satinwood is of a kind very unusual for the earlier period assigned to the piece, and the finish is undoubtedly that of the " French " polisher of 1850. There are also at least three other replicas in existence, to my own knowledge, which were evidently made at the same period, an unusual contingency were this an authentic example of the Sheraton period. Another trifling, but significant detail, is that the glass is either a replacement— which is very unlikely, as a delicate and valuable piece such as this would not be subjected to rough usage, and had such occurred there would have been other evidences of the fact—or is comparatively modern. The dovetailing of the drawers appears to suggest the hand of a foreign—probably a German—cabinetmaker, a circumstance not unlikely in the shops of the two firms before mentioned, but very improbable in the later eighteenth century. Wright & Mansfield made mail}' of these adaptations of the style of Sheraton to modern requirements during their business career, the workmanship of which was always of a very high quality. Had this dressing-table been made before 1800, the obvious superiority of the pattern, as compared with those of the enclosed type, would, almost certainly, have ousted the latter from popular, or aristocratic favour, and

Fig. 309. MAHOGANY WASHSTAND.

In the possession of A. <'. de Tinna, Ks<j. 2 ft. qJ ins. hi^^* Top, 17I ins. ■ in

Date nhniit 1795.

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