Betjemin dressing table with silver fittings
Lot 244Y
An early 20th century mahogany lady's fitted folding dressing table by George Betjemann and Sons, some of the fittings by Walker and Hall, Birmingham
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,151) inc. premium

Lot Details
An early 20th century mahogany lady's fitted folding dressing table
by George Betjemann and Sons, some of the fittings by Walker and Hall, Birmingham
Fitted with a selection of silver, silver and tortoiseshell, ivory and other fittings, the dressing table with a hinged moulded panel top enclosing a folding triptych dressing mirror and above hinged compartments folding-out to either side with various fittings including a hand mirror and four silver and tortoiseshell brushes, hallmarked for Walker and Hall, Birmingham, 1925, a silver cased comb, clippers, ivory handled vanity tools, scissors, nail buffer, the fitted compartment to the rear containing four silver lidded bottles and five pots of various sizes all hallmarked for George Betjemann, London 1925, flanked to either side by small spring loaded drawers with hidden release mechanism, the front section fitted with a later cream tooled leather surface with a glass protector, all above a central arched kneehole and two short drawers on square section legs and brass castors, with two removable articulated gilt brass lights with frosted shades, which can be fitted above the mirror, with a stylised inset brass trade label for George Betjemann & Sons to the underside, the fittings partly associated, and the fitted sections adapted and re-lined, the lights reconditioned and with later shades,148cm wide, 67cm deep, 138cm high (58" wide, 26" deep, 54" high).

Footnotes

  • A fine example of this form of dressing table in satinwood with silver-gilt fittings was sold Bonhams, London 24 June 2009, lot 143. Two examples of this stylish dressing table, one in mahogany and one in satinwood, with varying fittings, have appeared at auction as part of the collections of suitably glamorous vendors in the form of Maria Felix and S.A.R La Principessareale Maria Gabriella Di Savoia. See Christie's London, 27 June 2007, Works of Art from the Collection of S.A.R La Principessereale Maria Gabriella Di Savoia, lot 249 and Christie's New York, 17-18 July 2007, Maria Felix: La Doña, lot 204

    George Betjemann (1798-1886) was the great grandfather of the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984). George Betjemann was apprenticed to the dressing case maker Gilbert Slater in 1810 and established himself as a dressing case manufacturer, initially in Clerkenwell and later in the Pentonville Road, where they eventually employed 119 people.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot contains ivory & tortoiseshell and will be subject to CITES regulations if imported outside the EU.
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