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Marble topped dressing table with mirror from cafe used as rendezvous point by French resistance

Object | Accession Number: 2005.174.1 a-b

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    Brief Narrative
    Dresing table with mirror from cafe-coiffeur (cafe-hairdressing salon) of Mere Beylier in the village of Chateau-Cherviz, in the Limosin region of France. The cafe was near two orphanages operated by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants [OSE: Children’s Aid Society], Chateaus Chabannes and Montintin. Both homes sheltered Jewish children and other young refugees from deportations during the German occupation of France. The cafe, which was the town gathering place, also served as a resource center and temporary refuge for Jews and others who opposed the German occupation and the pro-German Vichy government. In this village of 3,000 people, over 1,000 Jews were provided assistance and temporary refuge.
    use:  approximately 1945
    use: Cafe Beylier; Chateau-Chervix (France)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Furnishings and Furniture
    Physical Description
    a. Rectangular, wooden dressing table with 4 legs and a white marble top with gray veining. The back and sides of the table have marble-lined, raised wooden edges with wood molding edging the top. There is a center drawer, with a recessed handle, below the table top with two compartments. The left side has a decorative towel bar attached with knobs. The right side has 2 holes for a missing towel bar. The front legs are turned with ball feet and attached to the square, back legs by a horizontal brace. The back of the table has 2 decorative sides attached to hold a mirror, with a stopper brace at the base.
    b. Mirror enclosed in rectangular, decorative beveled wooden frame, with inset wooden back for support. There are 2 screws with butterfly nuts to secure the mirror to the stand.
    a: Height: 45.630 inches (115.9 cm) | Width: 32.500 inches (82.55 cm) | Depth: 17.500 inches (44.45 cm)
    b: Height: 14.750 inches (37.465 cm) | Width: 11.500 inches (29.21 cm) | Depth: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm)
    a : wood, marble, metal, stain
    b : wood, glass, metal, paper

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    Administrative Notes

    The dressing table and mirror were acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005.
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    2022-09-12 14:33:42
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