The 'Narcissus' washstand by William Burges

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


Wood,marble,gilt bronze,vellum,mother of pearl
145 x 78 x 54 cm
Art Fund grant:
£50,000 ( Total: £240,435; Tax remission; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
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'.


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.

Venue details

The Higgins Bedford Castle Lane, BEDFORD Bedfordshire MK40 3XD 01234 718618

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