Satin birch, deal
84 cm (H); 120 cm (W); 51 cm (D)
Place of origin
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Speke Hall, Merseyside (Accredited Museum)
One of a pair of satin birch washstands or dressing tables, English, circa 1860.Each with a rectangular top with rounded corners and fitted with a three-quarter gallery with shaped sides, two shallow frieze drawers with two turned knob handles, supported on four slightly tapering ring turned legs.
Probably purchased by Richard Watt V (d.1865) during his restoration and refurbishment of Speke Hall during the 1850s and 60s. Bequeathed, as a secondary devise, to the National Trust by Adelaide Watt (d.1921) in 1943. Speke was initially bequeathed to the Norris family (who built the original house during the 16th century). It was then leased to Liverpool City Council and later to the Museums Department of Merseyside County Council. The National Trust took over direct management of Speke and its contents in 1986.