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Dressing Table with Mirror

Dressing Table with Mirror

Inv. No. 3/00078

The dressing table, with tilting mirror, is made with ‘Palo Santo’ wood, boxwood marquetry, mahogany and gilded pine. The top part is decorated with floral motifs and the back legs with caryatids. The floral motifs, in marquetry, can be seen mainly on the front of the drawer. The straight lines, thick designs, intricate marquetry and elements of gilded wood (rather than bronzed wood, as was the style of earlier periods) place this piece of furniture in the Ferdinand style (19th century).

This style is named after Ferdinand VII, King of Spain (1808-1833), as it was developed during his reign. It corresponds to the Empire style developed in France. The wood is usually mahogany in colour with strong, thick lines on chairs. The arms, legs and aprons of the chairs are decorated with Empire style carved motifs including laurel leaves, rosettes, animal feet and claws, etc. They are covered in gold leaf as opposed to the ormolu used on French furniture. The backs and seats of the chairs are usually upholstered leaving the wood and framework to be seen.

In this room a Ferdinand style dressing table with lyre legs and a sofa with curved arms are also displayed.

Item displayed in the Luxury Dressing Room, first floor.

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