An Antique Ladies Dressing Table by Betjemann George Betjemann & Sons (1798 - 1886)

Dimensions (open):  |  H: 58 in / 148 cm  |  W: 81 in / 206 cm  |  D: 32 in / 82 cm


Constructed in quarter veneered walnut, rising from short cabriole feet, of kneehole pedestal form, with a shaped and moulded apron: the sides with asymetrical fielded panel, the pedestals having cupboards floridly carved, revealing shelved interiors. The top of rising form, housing an adjustable triptych looking glass; below, two tiers of accoutrements, the top tier laterally hinged, and the whole comprehensively fitted with silver top bottles and implements. English, Circa 1900.


George Betjemann (1798-1886), the great grandfather of Sir John Betjemann, the Poet Laureate and broadcaster, was apprenticed to Gilbert Slater, a dressing case maker in 1810, and established himself as a dressing case manufacturer, initially in Clerkenwell, and later in 1859, in the Pentonville Road, where his substantial business employed 119 people. He had expanded into making and selling writing case, tantulus sets and tobacco cabinets, inter alia.

REF No. 7048

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