Thursday, January 21, 2010
For Vanity's Sake
Dressing tables originated in 18th century France. Called toilette tables because a small linen cloth (the toilette) was wrapped around cosmetics before placing them in a chest.
The 'Chambers Cyclopedia' of 1727-41 referred to a dressing case ' where in are kept paints, pomatums, patches and the pincushion, powder box, brushes and esteemed parts of the equipage of a lady's toilet.'
In England the Victorians also adored these vanities... containers and trays evolved specifically for them...
Over the years many items from the vanities of the past have found their way into the hands of collectors who cherish them for their beauty.
* Sentimental trinkets collected over the years.
Posted by Susan McShannon-Monteith at Thursday, January 21, 2010