Daybed (Lit De Repos), Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené, Painted and gilded by Louis-François Chatard, 1788, French, carved, painted and gilded walnut with modern off-white cotton twill embroidered in silk. From the Cabinet de Toilette, Palace of Saint-Cloud, France of Marie Antoinette.
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
Marie Antoinette's armchair from the Palace of Versailles. It was made by French cabinet maker Georges Jacob (1739-1814). This pastel blue & yellow gold chair was kept in the Queen's private Gold Cabinet room.