A Group of Five Early 19thC Ebonised Bobbin Turned French Wig Stands

Origin: French
Period: Louis Philippe (1830-1848)
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1830-50
Measurements: From 11.5 inches high to 19.5 inches high

The group of five ebonised and bobbin turned wig stands in beech, poplar and elm, on differing draught turned bases and with mushroom tops, each graduating in size and surviving from the early to mid nineteenth century.

The wig stands are in nice decorative condition and have had their surfaces re-ebonised at some point in their lives, probably in the twentieth century. There are no losses to report only some surface marks, bubbling and residual dust.

Large wigs were considered an investment in the nineteenth century and were often left in wills, along with other valuables. Thus, it was common to see wooden wig-stands such as these in the entrance hall of aristocratic homes; male visitors would remove their wigs, rather as they might remove a hat, and replace them when they left.

Very decorative table-top delights; try and find another set!