The bedroom is a bit of a problem as I have two twin beds, and would like to put a table in between the two beds. I really don't want to use a chest of drawers--they tend to be too deep. I spotted this little dressing table, and decided it was perfect. It is 18" deep, 52" to the top of the mirror, and about 29" wide.
|Empire furniture dates from the early 1800's. It originated in France and refers to|
Napoleon's Empire. Most Empire pieces you see are from 1810-1830. Federal
pieces from the U.S. have an Empire influence.
Dressing tables tend to be huge, and the little ones are hard to find. I took a spin through the auction houses, and found Christies had the following in past sales:
|The wood is beautiful, but that ormolu is way too gold for me!|
|This one is a bit more like mine, not size-wise, but it has the same kind of ormolu around the mirror, and the smaller cherubs. Mine also has some on the side of the piece.|
Live Auctioneers had these:
|The gold heads and gold paw feet are way over the top for the room.|
I'm happy with my purchase-- I like the crusty ormolu on mine.
I can't wait to get the bedroom pulled together. I don't think the beds I have will work with this.
Now what have I done? Empire headboards? Upholstered? AGGGH, the one thing worse than making a decision is having an idea that I can't execute because I can't find what I am looking for! The biggest problem in using antiques to decorate is that you are limited to what is available at that very moment.