|The Morning Toilette, by Petro Antonio Martini|
According to Adlin, self-adornment and the use of cosmetics went into decline in western Europe in the fifth century, to reemerge in the Renaissance among the aristocracy. Thus, the demand for "specifically designed accoutrements," which for me would seem to be another indication of the way that fashion has transformed the West. It is no surprise that the dressing table, as Adlin writes, "reached the apex of its role as both a marker of social standing and an object of fine design and craftsmanship."
|Dressing table, 1760-90 (MMA 62.171.14)|
|Toilet Service, 1683-84 (MMA 63.70.1-21)|