C1790 French Louis XVI Tulipwood Poudreuse/Dressing Table


French, late 18th century, Louis XVI period, this elegant and practical table is also fun to play with. The central lid opens to reveal a mirror. Once this is unlocked and open, the two hinged side lids are openable. The mirror slides right to the front of the table. The right hand half drawer is divided for ink bottles. The larger central drawer also is lockable. It is missing the sliding top of the drawer, which would have been a leather or fabric covered writing surface. This is probably for the best, as it is no longer useful, and would only get in the way.  The plain, neoclassical form is enlivened by the richness of the Tulipwood quarter veneering and "barber's pole" inlay. Two of the legs have been reglued, and presently await a little cosmetic surgery. The interiors are lined with a padded floral brocade. Later keys.

It is 71 cm tall, 81 cm wide and 45 cm deep



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