Wooden Repositories for the Lady’s Treasures.
The history of women written in furniture


9 November 2021 – 30 January 2022

Curator of the exhibition: Małgorzata Korżel-Kraśna


Examples of the most popular women’s equipment, used from antiquity to modern times, are various types of boxes, cassettes, caskets, boxes or boxes. They took many shapes, various decorations and were made of countless materials.

Most of the furniture and toolboxes for women were made in the 18th century, when women in the social hierarchy for the first time began to occupy an important place. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, they were produced much less, but in the middle of this century, when the role of women began to increase, their number increased. In the second half of the 19th century, it was limited to making needlework tables and small toolboxes. With time, ladies, as a result of emancipation movements, gained more rights and no longer needed equipment specially produced for them. They just used the same furniture as the men.

 

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