The dressing table, originally known as a "poudreuse", appeared under the Regency period when furniture began to be made specificaly for ladies. It was destined for ablutions and the storing of the required materials. The Louis XV coiffeuse is usually a small piece of furniture with two or three drawerrs and a three part top. The two side sections of the top slide open to reveal fitted compartments, whereas the central section lifts to reveal a mirror. The dressing table often also has leather covered pull-out leaves which serve as writing slopes. Late 19th C and 20th C dressing tables tend to be in the shape of a knee-hole desk surmounted by a mirror. They can also be a matching part of a bedroom suite.