Over the next few days, I will post a discussion of a toilet table made for Empress Marie Louise
in 1809 and a copy of this table I purchased at an auction in the United States last year. The picture below is of the
Royal table. It was purchased from the marchand Antione-Thibaut Baudouin for the bedroom of the Imperatrice in the
Grand Trianion. It is now on display at Versailles (see The Furniture of Versaille, Editions Faton, 2009).
The wood is frene (burl ash), perhaps because of the embargo put in place by the British, but more likely due to personal
taste of the Imperatrice (the entire bedroom suite is in frene, but other mahogany furniture was purchased that year for other
rooms). The sconces on the mirror supports were replaced by the celebrated bronze worker Thomire in 1837 to match those
on another piece of furniture being delivered that year.
|Royal Toilet Table in Versailles
|Pre-1837 Copy of the Versaille Table
I purchased my table from Echos Antique Auction in New
York in 2017. It was described as a burled, French Empire, marble-topped vanity. The mounts on the Echo's table
are identical to those on the table in Versailles, with the exception of the replaced sconces. Without stretching logic
to far, I think it is safe to say that the copy I purchased was made prior to 1837, or the table would have come with the
replacement Thomire sconces. It also leads me to wonder if the sconces on the copy are, in fact, the model sconces that
were originally installed on the table. I
hope, on my next long trip to France, I can investigate this theory.