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Washstand, XF128, English, unknown maker, c.1770, mahogany, enamel and brass. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Washstand, English, unknown maker, c.1770, mahogany, enamel and brass

Height: 83.5cm
Width: 53cm
Depth: 44cm

Museum number: XF128

Curatorial note

With tray top with cut out handles at sides and back; top drawer with cock bead surround and original handle replaced with later turned wooden knob; two-door cupboard below with replacement wooden knob to right-hand door and small vertical brass bolt at bottom of left-hand door; below the cupboard are two dummy drawers with dummy keyholes lined in brass and their original bail handles; these form the front of the pull-out pot compartment containing the original enamel pot beneath lift-out mahogany cover with central circular hole over which is a turned mahogany lid with cyma moulding and a raised central knob.

This seems likely to be the wash stand ‘with bidet and pan’ described in the large front south attic at the end of Soane’s life.


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