Part of the thrill of the dressing table’s many hidden compartments was being able to reveal one’s service de toilette. This curated assortment of containers and tools would structure the spectacle of grooming that ensued. While most people’s’ service de toilette would have been made of varnished wood, Madame de Pompadour would have had hers made of the finest materials and crafts–silver or soft paste porcelain from the Manufacture de Sèvres. A strandard service de toilette was comprised of two powder boxes, two rouge boxes, two patch boxes, and a vergette brush and container.
Other Uses of the Oeben Mechanical Table:
- La Toilette
- Original Use and Space
- The People
- Varengeville Room