Wm Burges; washstands


William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet at Castell Coch furniture William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet for Lord Bute's bedroom at Castell Coch furniture

These 2 washstands both come Castell Coch. They were made after Burges's death by his long time assistants, who knew his style better than anyone. They were modelled on 2 of Burgess' best known designs, shown below, the 'Narcissus' & 'Vita Nuovo' washstands. You can clearly see how close they all are in design, & decide whether you prefer the plainer colours or the more ornate look, or something in between.

They exhibit the best in Burges furniture, great shapes with decoration on mainly flat surfaces to create a striking new design. At the time these washstands were made bathrooms hadn't been introduced into houses, indoor plumbing hadn't arrived. To wash, whether rich or poor, you had a basin & jug of water, as shown above, which had to be filled & emptied everyday. The basins were let into the top of the washstands - the modern equivalent would be using undermounted sinks. Worktop or back panel mounted taps would complete the modern convenience. You could choose a worktop of either painted wood, natural wood or stone. We could make an exact reproduction of them or something close to this style in whatever size & colour(s) you want.



William Burges Gothic Revival 'Vita Nuovo' painted washstand vanity unit at Castell Coch furniture William Burges Gothic Revival 'Narcissus' washstand painted cabinet


Below we've shown some design variations of these washstands. By removing the upper carcase off these washstands you arrive at a much simpler design, closer to Edwardian washstands. There are 2 advantages to doing this; a cleaner looking design appeals to more people today and by omitting the top section, where more of the cost is, these are more affordable. And if you think Burges wouldn't do this kind of thing I have a couple of his washstand designs that do exactly this. These washstands are very simple in design, almost modern with their clean shapes & single colours. They could be decorated in richer Burges patterns & colours if you prefer. The right hand designs show wider versions of the same, showing how these can be adapted further.

Design variations;
William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet at Castell Coch furniture William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet at Castell Coch furniture
William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet for Lord Bute's bedroom at Castell Coch furniture William Burges Gothic Revival painted washstand vanity unit cabinet for Lord Bute's bedroom at Castell Coch furniture
William Burges Gothic Revival 'Narcissus' washstand painted cabinet reduced size William Burges Gothic Revival 'Narcissus' washstand painted cabinet wider version
William Burges Gothic Revival 'Vita Nuovo' washstand painted cabinet reduced size William Burges Gothic Revival 'Vita Nuovo' washstand painted cabinet wider version


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