Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fashionable furniture 1823: Lady's work-table

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Loretta reports:
From Ackermann's for March 1823:

This elegant table forms a pleasing and commodious appendage to the sitting-room of mansions fitted up in a style of superior elegance. It is equally adapted to the boudoir and drawing-room, and answers the purpose of a drawing-table as well as a work-table, and a desk for writing and reading. The silk bag suspended from the desk is, in the engraving, of azure blue, with silk fringe of the same colour, but should be made to correspond with the colour of the apartment for which the table is designed. In order that it may harmonize with the rest of the furniture, the frame-work should be formed of rose-wood of a rich dark colour, and varied in its grain. The ornaments are wholly of burnished and mat gold. The top of the table should be adorned with some rich design in water-colours, highly varnished, for the purpose of preserving it: this will be at all times a pleasing object to the eye. Fruit or flowers, well grouped, are particularly to be recommended. The interior may exhibit some pleasing landscape, or any other similar embellishment, according to the taste or fancy of the the fair proprietor.

Rudolph Ackermann, Repository of arts, literature, fashions &c, 1823


Diane Costanza Studio said...

Not much room to place my computer, LOL!


Lyn S said...

I thought this was a laptop table at first. You article arrived in my rss reader at the same time as an article on creating your own Mom cave in response to the TV commercial for HomeGoods. Over hundreds of years somethings never change.
Everyone needs a bit of space to be creative or just curl up and read.

Jane O said...

If one can't have a room of one's own, I guess one settles for a table of one's own. ;-)

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