Vita Nova Washstand
William Burges (1827-1881)
Carved, painted and gilded wood, marble top and bowl inset with silver, tap and fittings of bronze
Museum no. 217-1961
Carved, painted and gilded wood washstand wit a marble top and bowl inset with silver. The tap and fittings are of bronze. The side of the cabinet is carved with a Tudor rose motif, with wrought iron-hinged doors on four legs topped with a cream and green marble surface inset. The inset bowl is made from red and white marble inlaid with silver fish, with a tap fitting in the shape of a goat.
This washstand was made for the guest chamber of Tower House, Melbury Road, London, the home of William Burges. His love of jokes is reflected in the design - the battlemented washstand has a tank in the upper part which supplied water trough the goat tap into a marble basin inlaid with silver fish.
A companion piece to the bed designed by Burges (Museum no. W.5-1953)