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Dressing table
  • Dressing table
    Ruhlmann, Emile Jacques, born 1879 - died 1933
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Dressing table

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1919-1923 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ruhlmann, Emile Jacques, born 1879 - died 1933 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak carcase, veneered with Andaman padouk (on base and vase) and purpleheart (on top and mirror back), with solid purpleheart columns, inlaid with ivory and ebony, and mahogany drawers, and silvered bronze mirror frame and fittings

  • Museum number:

    W.14:1 to 6-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The form of this dressing table is loosely based on early 19th century examples. They too had a pivoting mirror attached to a table top. Here the contrasting ivory and ebony inlay of the top creates the illusion of a fine textile draped over the table. This is an amusing reference to the orgins of the first type of dressing table, called a toilette in French. The name came from the linen (toile in French) on which the mirror, brush and other objects sat. Ruhlmann often used this kind of illusionistic inlay in his designs. Other typical features of his work are rich and exotic materials and stylised surface decoration.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1919-1923 (made)

Artist/maker

Ruhlmann, Emile Jacques, born 1879 - died 1933 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Oak carcase, veneered with Andaman padouk (on base and vase) and purpleheart (on top and mirror back), with solid purpleheart columns, inlaid with ivory and ebony, and mahogany drawers, and silvered bronze mirror frame and fittings

Dimensions

Height: 119 cm, Width: 76 cm, Depth: 52.5 cm

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

Wilk, Christopher, ed. . Western Furniture 1350 to the Present Day. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. 230p., ill. ISBN 085667463X.

Subjects depicted

Vase

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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