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Antique Dressers & Vanities

Dressers and vanities gained popularity in the 1700s, developing from another piece of furniture referred to as a “lowboy.” A lowboy was a plain, short table with two rows of drawers. Cabriole legs or small mirrors were often added for a bit of flair. During the early 1800s, mirrors began to be installed directly into the table and a matching stool or chair accompanied the table, ushering in the age of the vanity. Some vanities even came with knee holes to allow for comfortable application of cosmetics.

As the times changed, so did vanities and dressers. Victorian era vanities and dressers featured elaborate designs with ornate carvings and lavish upholstery. When the Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s, vanities became taller and featured more modern details such as geometric handles and painted wood.

Like other antique furniture, dressers and vanities add a sense of style and history to the bedroom. Though the material used to make them can vary greatly, cherry wood and oak are among the most expensive. As with most furniture, any signs of wear such as cracks or breaks can decrease the antique dresser or vanity's value. A complete vanity set with mirrors, working drawers, and handles will usually go for a higher price.


Quick Facts

  • An important Chippendale carved mahogany block-and-shell bureau table, dated 1767, sold at Christie's New York in January 2013 for $2,210,500
  • Chippendale vanities and dressers saw an extreme rise in popularity in the 1960s and once again in the 1980s

Recommended Items at Auction

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A MINIATURE 19C FOLK ART OR APPRENTICE DRESSER MODEL
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A MINIATURE 19C FOLK ART OR APPRENTICE DRESSER MODEL
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Welsh Pine Three Drawer Dresser
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Welsh Pine Three Drawer Dresser
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
HEAL & SON, LONDON ARTS & CRAFTS DRESSER, CIRCA 1930
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
HEAL & SON, LONDON ARTS & CRAFTS DRESSER, CIRCA 1930
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
A George IV mahogany dressing table
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A George IV mahogany dressing table
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
A Victorian cream painted dresser
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A Victorian cream painted dresser
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£3500 Bids
A Victorian pine and sycamore dresser base
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A Victorian pine and sycamore dresser base
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,0000 Bids
A SWISS PINE DRESSER, 19TH CENTURY, the upper section with a pair of glazed
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A SWISS PINE DRESSER, 19TH CENTURY, the upper section with a pair of glazed
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £250- £350
£1500 Bids
A LATE 19TH CENTURY CONTINENTAL PINE DRESSER, the upper section with arched
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A LATE 19TH CENTURY CONTINENTAL PINE DRESSER, the upper section with arched
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £200- £300
£1200 Bids
AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY JOINED OAK DRESSER AND RACK OF SMALL SIZE INITIALLED ER TO THE RACKLED ER
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY JOINED OAK DRESSER AND RACK OF SMALL SIZE INITIALLED ER TO THE RACKLED ER
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
LOUIS PHILLIPE MARBLE TOP DRESSER C. 1870
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
LOUIS PHILLIPE MARBLE TOP DRESSER C. 1870
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $700- $900
$7000 Bids
DRESSOIR - En chêne mouluré et sculpté
Oct 25, 2:00 PM CEST
DRESSOIR - En chêne mouluré et sculpté
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
FRENCH PROVINCIAL LOUIS XV STYLE OAK VAISSELIER
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
FRENCH PROVINCIAL LOUIS XV STYLE OAK VAISSELIER
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $900
$4000 Bids
AN 18TH CENTURY OAK LOWBOY
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN 18TH CENTURY OAK LOWBOY
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
AN 18TH CENTURY OAK DRESSER BASE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN 18TH CENTURY OAK DRESSER BASE
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£5000 Bids
Mobilier
Nov 02, 6:30 PM CET
Mobilier
by Vanderkindere
Est: €300- €450
€3000 Bids
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19th C. Transitional Dresser
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C. Transitional Dresser
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
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Victorian Dresser
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Dresser
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $75- $150
$250 Bids
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Eastlake Victorian Dresser w/Mirror
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Eastlake Victorian Dresser w/Mirror
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Antique Country Pine Carved Dresser
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Country Pine Carved Dresser
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
AN OAK DRESSER, 19TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 9:30 AM BST
AN OAK DRESSER, 19TH CENTURY
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£200 Bids
D.Maria dresser
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
D.Maria dresser
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €750- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Dresser
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Dresser
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €2,250- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Louis XV style dresser
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Louis XV style dresser
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €375- €500
€2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Dressers & Vanities


Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Marques dos Santos

Marques dos Santos