This cheval dressing glass is likely to have been commissioned by John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (d.1839). Its form derives from the French dressing-mirror (ecran de toilette) or 'miroir a la Psyche', being named after Cupid's love Psyche, who attended at the 'toilet of Venus' according to Apuleius's famous romance, the 'Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass'. One such Egyptian 'Psyche' featured in La Mesangère's Collection de Meubles et Objets du Gout, Paris, 1807 (pl.152). George Smith's, Collection of Designs for Household Furniture, 1808 (pl. 127) also illustrated a related Egyptian patterned 'Cheval Dressing Glass', whose Egyptian hermed pillars were similarly supported on paws, to evoke the chimerical griffin that were sacred to the poetry deity Apollo.