The 'Narcissus' washstand by William Burges

The 'Narcissus' washstand, also known as the 'Tower House' washstand.

Details

Category:
Literary
Medium:
Wood,marble,gilt bronze,vellum,mother of pearl Dimensions: 145 x 78 x 54 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £240,435; Tax remission; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Auberon Waugh

Painted in red and gold and decorated with slips of illuminated vellum and mother-of-pearl. The theme was taken from Chaucer's 'Romaunt of the Rose'.

Provenance

The artist, 15 Buckingham Street & later the Tower Museum, Melbury Road; Sir John Betejeman c.1940's, given by him to Evelyn Waugh; by descento Auberon Waugh.

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