Dressing table

24 January 2010

I would adore a dressing table like this one. Funnily enough, they don’t sell furniture like this at Ikea, which is a shame. I remember that Grange, one of the more upmarket furniture shops had a ‘French Revolution’ collection in 1989, which was just wonderful. I particularly recall a very beautiful bed and a copy of Lafayette’s desk.

You can just imagine one of the luscious Directoire beauties sitting at this dressing table can’t you? Perhaps Rose de Beauharnais herself or perhaps Thérésia Tallien or Fortunée Hamelin, twisting up their long dark hair, screwing up their rouged mouths and wondering if shaving the nape of their necks in tribute to the victims of the guillotine was possibly going a bit too far?