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Wig Stand

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2703.2
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1650 - 1700


This turned walnut wig stand is one of a pair. It was made in England between 1670 and 1700. As wigs were highly fashionable and also very expensive items, it is perhaps only to be expected that this stand should also demonstrate the most up-to-date fashion in both technique and materials. Spiral twist stems represented the cutting edge of new design in the late seventeenth century and were a common feature on furniture of this period. Walnut, too was the preferred wood for furniture at this time, replacing oak which had previously been the favourite choice.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
Medium:Turned. Weighted with lead.
Place of Origin:England