A French wash stand

25 May 2017

I was thrilled to find this wash stand at an auction. Although the paint is peeling I have resisted temptation to sand it down as I think it adds to the charm.

Complete with an arm for hanging a towel, original ceramic basin and plug still in situ it will look lovely filled with ice or with a pot plant. The bottom shelf would have held the jug for water. My research shows this wash stand is likely to be from the mid to late 18th century - after this time the washstand started to 'grow' with mirrors and shelving for soap as we all became aware of the importance of personal hygiene!

I can find no answer to they are called 'French' wash stands!

If you are looking for a quirky, original vintage prop - you've found it!

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