The eighteenth century dressing table

28 July 2009

What would the aristocratic eighteenth century lady have had on her dressing table?

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A beautiful clock, to ensure that you weren’t late to meet your lover.

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A pair of beautiful candelabras, as every lady knows that candlelight is exceptionally flattering to the complexion.

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Perhaps an exquisite porcelain sculpture based on a work by Boucher. Madame de Pompadour adored porcelain flowers and had scented examples in all of her houses.

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A pretty dish for bonbons, pastiles or macarons.

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A pretty jug for water.

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A Sèvres pitcher and bowl for washing your hands and face with scented rose and lavender water.

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Another candlestick, just for luck.

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Some flasks of gorgeous perfume: violet, lavender, lily, carnation, iris, rose, jasmine…

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The all important patch boxes.

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Curling tongs to help create those beautiful frizzed and curled hairstyles.

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Pretty little pots of rose, violet and vanilla scented pomade which keeps your hair in place, scents it and makes the powder stick!

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Hair powder!

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Flasks of lotions and potions, all designed to keep your complexion as perfect as possible and to get rid of pesky spots and freckles.

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A nécessaire de toilette, complete with bowls, perfume flasks and implements for applying make up, plucking eyebrows and cleaning teeth. This was also cunningly portable – perfect for the days before make up bags had been invented!

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Powder to clean your teeth. What is left of them. ;)

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Vinaigrette, to revive you should your husband come home unexpectedly…

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