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DA300136/7 – Dressing Table and Chair, by Follot, 1913-1920

Published by: Avril Kirk
DA300136-7 - Dressing Table and Chair, by Follot, 1913-1920
DA300136/7 - Dressing Table and Chair, by Follot, 1913-1920

Part of the One Minute Wonders trail, a story written by one of our volunteers, inspired by objects on display.

By Avril Kirk

I recall receiving this lovely piece, after the war. As I prepared for my operatic performance, the carved golden flowers framed my youthful, naive reflection.

I sang for whoever wished to hear. I cannot choose who. So many applauses in the audiences. Fragrant roses filled this marble table, but roses have thorns.

Another war and my soul has been pierced. Falsely accused. Collaborator, traitor! My voice now unheard and my reputation ruined, my precious table confiscated.

Imprisonment, then vindicated and my mirror returned. I sing again but the reflection has wearied. I now help these gifted, eager young voices find a future.

Germaine Lubin spent her last years as a voice teacher. Her table was returned but her career as an opera sing was overshadowed by false allegations.

DA300136-7 - Dressing Table and Chair, by Follot, 1913-1920
DA300136/7 - Dressing Table and Chair, by Follot, 1913-1920