A royal Louis XVI giltwood fauteuil en bergère — made for Marie Antoinette by François II Foliot, after a design by Jacques Gondoin in 1780, with sculpture by Pierre-Edme Babel or Toussaint Foliot | Christies
Washstand, England, 1780-1800, painted softwood. A double folding top opened to reveal a bowl for washing. When folded up, the top also protected walls from splashes. Designed to stand in the corner of a room, a similar stand is illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, published in 1792, where it is described as a 'Corner Bason Stand'. The slightly splayed front legs gave the washstand greater stability. | V&A | photo compilation: @LucindaBrant
Bed rest, adjustable, England, c.1720. plaster & wood with padded red velvet supports. Used in a hospital or at home to support a person who had been confined to bed – perhaps for medical reasons. Has 6 different positions & is adjusted using a ratchet, the set of teeth on the edge of the support bars ensures the rest stays in position. The arm supports are also adjustable. Judging from the quality of the materials and design, the rest was used by a wealthy person. Wellcome Images. Ref…
Armchair. Part of a suite of furniture made specifically for Antonia, Duchess of Roxton's writing room at TREAT, now occupied by the present and 6th Duchess, Deborah. Armchair designed by Georges Jacob (1739–1814, master 1765) and upholstered in white silk satin embroidered with colored silks. AUTUMN DUCHESS
1780 French Fall-front desk at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh - From the curators' comments: "As the rich bourgeoisie in Paris began to influence popular taste, undermining the Versailles monarchy's earlier absolute authority in such matters, more informal living in more intimate surroundings gained preference, and new furniture forms were designed to suit the new style of living."