Late 19th century
- elm wood
- 480mm wide x 400mm deep x 1700mm high
Washbasin stands were a status symbol connected with ancient bathing rituals. They evolved over the centuries from a simple piece just for a basin to growing in size to hold soap and towel. The change in design resulted in more decoration.
This stand has phoenix tail ends on the top crest rail. The peach blossom carving sits on top of an open carved medallion of dragons facing a long life character. The legs of the stand are finished with lotus buds.
Stands are now popular as a display piece in the home. Perhaps hang a favourite textile over the front of the stand or a bowl of flowers. Shown here is a porcelain bowl with goldfish symbolising a wish for riches to come to your home.