A Lady’s Sanc­tu­ary Pick up these tips for col­lect­ing dress­ing ta­ble an­tiques.

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Lidy Baars

baroness blanche staffe Wrote in HER 1893 Eti­quette book, The Lady's dress­ing room, “THE dress­ing room of EV­ERY Well-bred Woman should be both El­e­gant and com­fort­able in Pro­por­tion to HER for­tune and Po­si­tion.” Nowhere was this more true than in the 19th cen­tury, when a lady de­lighted in “get­ting ready” for the day or evening at a lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed van­ity. This was her per­sonal space, where she kept a glit­ter­ing as­sort­ment of mir­rors, brushes, boxes and prod­ucts to make her­self more beau­ti­ful. A dress­ing ta­ble, or van­ity—that em­i­nently fem­i­nine piece of fur­ni­ture—served as a per­sonal oa­sis where she con­cen­trated on her beauty rit­u­als and trans­formed her­self into the most el­e­gant, al­lur­ing be­ing she could be.


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