Why do french night stands have marble lining?

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 05, 2019

    Hi Larry! Are you asking about a project that was on Hometalk? It's better to ask the question on the same page as the project. If you didn't save it, here are some to consider:


    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=french%20nightstand

  • Larry D. Dill Larry D. Dill on Feb 05, 2019

    Think u. Talking about antique 18 18 marble top square. Marble lining behind door 1770 ? French

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 05, 2019

    Hi Larry: From my understanding, before indoor flushing toilets became commonplace, the main function of a nightstand was to contain a chamber pot. As a result, early nightstands were often small cabinets, sometimes fitted with a drawer, and usually containing an enclosed storage space below covered by one or more doors. Another term sometimes given to such cabinets was commode. The marble was, most likely, for easy clean up of spills. Or, if the chamber pot was filled with warm water, to keep the wood from getting steam stains. So, you may have one of these:) If you've ever sat on a toilet filled with warm water, you will most likely say "Ahhhhhh". You can put warm water into your toilet, but not hot or you will crack the porcelain. Pour the warm water in slowly so that it will mix evenly. But, it is sooooo nice:) Hope this helps.