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2606 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23517

French Walnut Nightstands with Harlequin Tops, c.1890s


French pot cupboard nightstands with carved wood Harlequin tops. Red marble tops with molded edging. Carved walnut. With French cabriole legs. With original lining. One is lined with white porcelain, and the other is lined with gray marble. Both open from the left. Carving is slightly different on each one.

These elegant bedside cabinet tables were actually originally used to house the chamber pot in high Victorian fashion for cleanliness France, c.1890s. The English word "loo" comes from this concept: Across Northern Europe, it was polite to shout "Gardez l'eau" before throwing the contents of the pot from above, which Englishmen on The Grand Tour shortened to "gardy-loo," eventually abbreviating it just to "loo."

In very good condition. Marble lined nightstand is missing the back marble piece and the top 1 inch of the Harlequin top has been repaired. The effect does not take away from its impressive presence, though. Ceramic lining is completely intact, and its Harlequin top is in good shape. Doors are in good working order.

Each measures 16 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 25 3/4. The ceramic-lined table weighs 22 lbs. 15 oz., and the marble-lined one weighs 32 lbs. 1 oz. 


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