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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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George III Oak Welsh Dresser, Circa 1770-1790
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
George III Oak Welsh Dresser, Circa 1770-1790
by Weschler's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4753 Bids
Antique maple marble top Victorian vanity w/mirror
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Antique maple marble top Victorian vanity w/mirror
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Antique Hand Painted 4 Drawer Dresser
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Hand Painted 4 Drawer Dresser
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $200
$11 Bid
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Antique oak 2 over 2 dresser base
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Antique oak 2 over 2 dresser base
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $80- $160
$401 Bid
An oak and elm dresser base, 18th century,
Dec 08, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak and elm dresser base, 18th century,
by Cheffins
Est: £400- £600
£3200 Bids
Dresse Empire demi-lune en acajou au décor de "Col…
Dec 13, 6:30 PM CET
Dresse Empire demi-lune en acajou au décor de "Col…
by Vanderkindere
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
Dresser
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Dresser
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Antique Handcrafted Country Wooden Dresser
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Handcrafted Country Wooden Dresser
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY WRITING OR DRESSING TABLE
Dec 13, 10:30 AM GMT
A WILLIAM IV MAHOGANY WRITING OR DRESSING TABLE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £800
£5000 Bids
A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND LINE INLAID BOWFRONT DRESSING TABLE
Dec 13, 10:30 AM GMT
A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND LINE INLAID BOWFRONT DRESSING TABLE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £250- £350
£1500 Bids
Dresser
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Dresser
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
18th/19th Cent. Dutch neoclassical "klapbuffet" dr…
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
18th/19th Cent. Dutch neoclassical "klapbuffet" dr…
by DVC
Est: €300- €700
€3000 Bids
18th Cent. English Georgian dresser-board in oak w…
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
18th Cent. English Georgian dresser-board in oak w…
by DVC
Est: €300- €500
€3000 Bids
A Restauration ormolu-mounted mahogany dressing table
Dec 15, 8:00 PM CET
A Restauration ormolu-mounted mahogany dressing table
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €600- €800
€3750 Bids
Dresser
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Dresser
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Antique French Dresser
Dec 17, 10:00 AM EST
Antique French Dresser
by Regency Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
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19th CENTURY MAPLE VANITY
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
19th CENTURY MAPLE VANITY
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
An oak dresser,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak dresser,
by Sworders
Est: £500- £700
£4000 Bids
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Antique Mahogany claw feet dresser with mirror
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Antique Mahogany claw feet dresser with mirror
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $150- $300
$750 Bids
A Restauration ormolu-mounted mahogany dressing table
Dec 15, 1:00 PM CET
A Restauration ormolu-mounted mahogany dressing table
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
An early 18th century oak dresser, Denbighshire
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
An early 18th century oak dresser, Denbighshire
by Halls Fine Art
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,8000 Bids
meubels; Engelse eiken dresser met opstand en voorzien van 2 laden met messing grepen,  17e eeuw,
Dec 12, 7:00 PM CET
meubels; Engelse eiken dresser met opstand en voorzien van 2 laden met messing grepen,  17e eeuw,
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €800- €1,200
€8000 Bids
An oak dresser base with associated plate rack,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
An oak dresser base with associated plate rack,
by Sworders
Est: £400- £600
£3200 Bids

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