Rare Victorian - J & JW Meeks "Duchesse" Dressing Table

J & JW Meeks "Duchesse" Dressing Table

Meeks Duchesse 720557 J & JW Meeks "Duchesse" Dressing Table

Meeks Duchesse 720557 J & JW Meeks "Duchesse" Dressing TableI learn something new every day as I glean the Internet for memorable furniture. This form of dressing table can apparently be referred to as a “Duchesse” due to the curved back form. My initial research on the term Duchesse only turned up furniture such as this one which is a form of daybed. Dictionary.com also says that the term is used to describe a daybed, but I assume that Neal Auction is correct in their usage in the context of this table and is teaching me something new here.

This is a beautiful Meeks (attributed) dressing table, almost in the form of an etagere. The fretwork shelves in the curved back form suggest to me that this piece would have fit right in at the Batcave. There is a carved open basket on the stretcher, which is comprised of C-scrolls. The material is Rosewood with a Maple-lined drawer and apparently the marble is original.

Bidding starts at $10,000 and expected range is $15,000 to $25,000.

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  • RICKY SMITH - January 11, 2012

    The last 2 rosewood duchesse’ I have sold have brought over $20,000.00. The piece pictured should have brought over $40,000.00

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