There are significanly less goddesses who preen themselves in front of a mirror in the latter half of the 17th century, but a lot of Dutch middle class ladies, which is rather more interesting for this blog.
Not a very good copy, but she seems to be holding a small box and she is holding her hand in the same way ladies do on 18th century paintings when they are applying a beauty patch, so I believe this is what she is doing here as well.
|A lady at her toilet by Jan van Noodt, 17th century|
Not much can bee seen on the table apart from the mirror and a round box, but it is interesting to see the hairstyle from the back.
|Woman at A Mirrir by Gerard Terborch the younger, ca. 1650|
|A Young Woman at Her Toilet with a Maid by Gerard Terborch the younger, 1650-1651|
I think the red pillowlike shape is a pin cushion. If that seems like a strange thing to have at the vanity, remember that it was very common to use pins to secure clothing. There is also a small brush. Another version of this painting can be seen here.
|Lady at her toilet by Gerard Terborch the younger, 1657|
|Women at her toilet by Gabriel Metsu, ca.1658|
|Lady at her toilette by Gerard Terborch the younger, 1660|
|A young woman at her toilet by Gerard Dou, 1667|
|Portrait of a lady by Gabriel Metsu, 1667|
|The love letter by Jacob Ochtervelt, ca. 1670|
Another of these brushes with a straight handle.
|Woman at her toilette by Frans van Mieris, 1678|
A gigantic comb and dito brush Or is it a very full pin cushion?
|Recueil des modes de la cour de France, 'Fille de Marchand, estant à Sa Toilette' by Nicoals Arnoult, 1687|
|The Morning, Lady at her toilet, engraving, late 17th century|
|The Night, Lady going to bed, engraving, late 17th century|
|Late 17th century engraving|
|Madama la Marquise Dangeau at her Toilet, engraving, 1694|
|Portrait of a woman by Nicolas de Largillière, 1696|
|La toilette, Turkish school, around 1700|
This really belong to the previous post as it is from the 1630's, but I only found it today and I had to include it, as this is a rare depiction of a man making himself pretty. Notice that he is fixing his love lock.
|A Cavalier at His Dressing Table by Adriaen van de Venne, 1631|