Washbasin stand with peony and phoenix carving

19th century

  • spruce
  • 630mm wide x 390mm deep x 1570mm high

Beautiful highly decorated washbasin stand that would make a feature in a modern home. Most stands are less ornate and the condition of this piece is exceptional.

The crest rail has a central peony medallion flanked by phoenixes. This combination of the queen of birds and the king of flowers is highly auspicious and represents a wonderful future. The side aprons have fine lattice with additional peony flowers symbolising prosperity. There is a carved panel of an acrobatic figure performing for an audience and would be a scene from a famous opera. The base of the stand has guardian lions.