18C French Country Cherrywood Poudreuse

Presenting an EXTREMELY RARE 18C French Country Cherrywood Poudreuse with IMPECCABLE PROVENANCE.

From circa 1790 and made of cherrywood, this beautifully proportioned Poudreuse or Vanity Table is oblong/rectangular in shape. The top has 2 side leafs on hinges that hinge outwards. The central top section hinges backwards to reveal a mirror. The interior is lined in its original silk lining. The front has 2 ‘fake’ drawers and 2 functioning drawers with a pull out writing slope or shelf. The vanity sits on 4 classic cabriolet legs of elegant proportions. Classic and original French Provincial artistry.

Constructed using wooden pegs giving a clear indication of it’s authenticity.

It stands on gorgeous cabriolet legs.


French furniture comprises both the most sophisticated furniture made in Paris for king and court, aristocrats and rich upper bourgeoisie, on the one hand, and French provincial furniture made in the provincial cities and towns many of which, like Lyon and Liège, retained cultural identities distinct from the metropolis. There was also a conservative artisanal rural tradition of French country furniture which remained unbroken until the advent of the railroads in the mid-nineteenth century.

Furniture made in provincial centers such as Blois and Orléans in the Loire valley, and at Lyon or Liège (Not part of France politically but within its cultural orbit), followed at some distance the design innovations that were initiated in the luxury trades of Paris, often with a time lag that could amount to decades.

Features typically associated with French Provincial furniture include cabriole legs, and simple scalloped carving. Dining chairs often have a wheat pattern carving reflecting the country surroundings of the maker. The ladder back chair with a woven rush seat is the typical French Provincial dining chair. Finishes vary though common to all colours is the accumulation of polish or grime in the carving over time resulting in an aged patina and emphasis on the carving regardless of whether the furniture is painted or stained.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_furniture


It was  purchased at a French Antique Auction held at the Club Room in the Stoneleigh Court (Hotel), Dallas on Wednesday the 2nd April 1930. (Now The Meridian Hotel).

We have the Original Auction Catalog which has remained with the table since it was acquired at that Auction (along with other pieces on our Site).

The Auction was titled: ” Works of Art and Furnishings of The Chateau de Turique (Nancy) and The Conde-Rougemont Home (Touraine). The cover of the Catalog also has a seal of a Coat of Arms.

The first page of the Catalog States: “Exhibition on Wednesday, April 2nd And Following Days From 10 A.M. to 10 P.M……EXHIBITION at CLUB ROOM, STONELIGH COURT, DALLAS, TEXAS”.

The Second page gives a brief description of the Auction contents and states that ” This Exhibition will be presented by M. Fernand M. Adda of Paris France”

This ‘Poudreuse’ was Lot No. 26, described in the Catalog as “Provincial Cherrywood Poudreuse….XVIII Century. Oblong top with central hinged portion disclosing mirror. Side panels folding outward. The front with writing slide and two drawers. Interior lined with floral “Toile de Jouy”. 

Rosa has noted on the side that she paid the princely sum of $210 in 1930 (over $3,000 in today’s money counting for inflation) and she also notes on the right of the listing “This I got”.

18C French Country Cherrywood Poudreuse.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Very Good Original Condition. Missing one knob on front ‘faux’ drawer.


Top Closed: 29.25″ tall, 31.25″ wide and 17″ deep.

Top Open:    43.20″ tall, 48.80″ wide and 17″ deep.



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