Antique washstands were designed to hold a Jug and basin set to either sit on top of the furniture or sometimes was fitted into the piece. They were mainly made from Mahogany or Walnut in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The early models dating from the Georgian period was free standing furniture with a hinged lid covering a fitted interior with cut out sunken bowl, dressing compartments and a pull up mirror on the back. This then changed to several designs from the corner washstand, that could easily fit into any bedroom, to the more well known rectangular design on turned legs, with shaped raised back that is now more commonly used as a writing table or side table. They usually have high ‘splash backs’ with a small shelf, originally to hold pots and potions, but these are ideal to hold stationary, or pictures of loved ones. These beautiful antique tables are not only decorative but also very useful and can fit perfectly in a traditional setting but also in a more modern room as a focal point with a large vase of flowers on top. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Dressing Tables & Washstands for sale
below are a few sold examples, if any look of interest let us know and we can try to find something similar.
This quality Regency golden oak antique writing desk / washstand, circa 1830, has a raised shaped back above a rectangular top with rounded corners. The antique writing desk has two cock beaded drawers with turned oak handles, diamond shaped key escutcheons and stands on four beautifully turned legs with quality brass castors.
Victorian, Mellow Mahogany, Small Antique Writing Table / Wash Stand. Dating from around 1840 this small Victorian antique writing table / wash stand is a gorgeous mellow shade of mahogany. It has a shaped up-stand above a rectangular moulded top below which sits a cock beaded frieze drawer with original brass swan neck handles. With a shaped apron and tapering legs this antique table has a look of elegance that would look lovely in living space acting simply as a lamp table.