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Dressing table

Dressing table

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Omega Workshops (designer)
    L. Kallenbourne Ltd (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Holly inlaid with decorative veneers of ebony, purpleheart and sycamore

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.242:1 to 17-1963

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dressing table made of holly inlaid with decorative veneers of ebony, purpleheart and sycamore. The left and right sides of the dressing table are each units with four drawers one above the other, raised on four legs. Between the two drawer units, and joining them, is a veneered surface sitting above one drawer arranged horizontally. An Omega symbol has been incorporated in the marquetry on the table centre top. Two additional units with two drawers sit on each side of the table top, around a three-leaf mirror. The carcase is made of mahogany and the front of drawers of American whitewood and oak. The surface of the dressing table and drawers is veneered with purpleheart (dark red/brown colour), ebony (black colour), and sycamore (yellow/brown colour). The legs and the mirror frame are veneered with sycamore.

Place of Origin

London (made)
England (made)


ca. 1919 (made)


Omega Workshops (designer)
L. Kallenbourne Ltd (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Holly inlaid with decorative veneers of ebony, purpleheart and sycamore

Marks and inscriptions

Mark in marquetry in centre of top.


Height: 133.7 cm, Height: 73.2 cm dressing table, Depth: 50 cm dressing table, Width: 154 cm dressing table, Height: 60.5 cm mirror unit, Width: 106.6 cm mirror unit, Depth: 3.7 cm mirror unit

Object history note

Purchased from Mr & Mrs G.R. Mitchison for £75.
Bought at Omega Workshops by Mr. & Mrs. Mitchison.

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 6/21.

Descriptive line

Wooden dressing table with three-leaf mirror, made by M. Kallenbor Ltd. for the Omega Workshops. English, c. 1919

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Green, Christopher (ed.), Art made Modern: Roger Fry's Vision of Art, London : Courtauld Institute of Art, 1999


Holly; Ebony; Walnut; Sycamore; Purpleheart; Mirror


Inlay; Inlay; Veneered




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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