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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 Liègeois Régènce carved oak dresser, with marble top, 18thC, H 83 - W 62 - D 35 cm
May 30, 10:00 AM CEST
A Liègeois Régènce carved oak dresser, with marble top, 18thC, H 83 - W 62 - D 35 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €400
€1001 Bid
Toucador Império em mogno século XIX Dim. total aprox.: 210 x 85 x 53 cm
Jun 03, 7:00 PM WEST
Toucador Império em mogno século XIX Dim. total aprox.: 210 x 85 x 53 cm
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €400- €800
€4001 Bid
A burr walnut veneered organ-bent dresser, English, 19th century
May 29, 7:00 PM CEST
A burr walnut veneered organ-bent dresser, English, 19th century
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €300- €600
€2400 Bids
Poudreuse, 19.Jh.
Jun 08, 10:00 AM CEST
Poudreuse, 19.Jh.
by Auktionshaus Arnold
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
A Spanish parquetry carved dresser with mirror. Charles IV of Spain period, 18th Century
May 30, 6:00 PM CEST
A Spanish parquetry carved dresser with mirror. Charles IV of Spain period, 18th Century
by Greco Subastas
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
19th C. Petite and Elegant Ladies Dressing Vanity
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
19th C. Petite and Elegant Ladies Dressing Vanity
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
19th Century American Victorian Marble Top Dresser
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
19th Century American Victorian Marble Top Dresser
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
19th Century American Empire Mahogany Vanity
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
19th Century American Empire Mahogany Vanity
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
19th Century American Empire Mahogany Dresser
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
19th Century American Empire Mahogany Dresser
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BRASS-MOUNTED DRESSING-TABLE OR POUDREUSE CIRCA 1870 OF LOUIS XV STYLE
Jun 04, 10:30 AM BST
A VICTORIAN MAHOGANY BRASS-MOUNTED DRESSING-TABLE OR POUDREUSE CIRCA 1870 OF LOUIS XV STYLE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£9500 Bids
EMILE GALLÉ, NANCY, DRESSING TABLE, C. 1900
Jun 11, 3:00 PM CEST
EMILE GALLÉ, NANCY, DRESSING TABLE, C. 1900
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €2,400- €2,800
€2,0000 Bids
19th Cent. Belgium Marquetry Inlaid Vanity
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
19th Cent. Belgium Marquetry Inlaid Vanity
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1000 Bids
1920's American Art Deco Dressing Vanity
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
1920's American Art Deco Dressing Vanity
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Antique Victorian Hand Carved Dresser
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Victorian Hand Carved Dresser
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Antique Victorian Burl Dresser Chest with Mirror
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Victorian Burl Dresser Chest with Mirror
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
19TH/20TH C. BRITISH OAK WELSH DRESSER BASE
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH/20TH C. BRITISH OAK WELSH DRESSER BASE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
19TH C. ROCOCO STYLE PARCEL GILT DRESSING TABLE
Jun 06, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. ROCOCO STYLE PARCEL GILT DRESSING TABLE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
19TH C. BRITISH OAK TWO DRAWER WELSH DRESSER BASE
Jun 05, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH C. BRITISH OAK TWO DRAWER WELSH DRESSER BASE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Louis XVI Acajou Coiffeuse d'Homme
Jun 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Louis XVI Acajou Coiffeuse d'Homme
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
FEDERAL NEW YORK CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE.
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
FEDERAL NEW YORK CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
1840s Mahogany Empire Dresser
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
1840s Mahogany Empire Dresser
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $300- $600
$250 Bids
Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table Probably Massachusetts, 1740-60
Jun 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table Probably Massachusetts, 1740-60
by DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
A Charles II oak low dresser,
Jun 11, 10:00 AM BST
A Charles II oak low dresser,
by Sworders
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Dressers & Vanities


Premier Auction Galleries

Premier Auction Galleries

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

DOYLE Auctioneers & Appraisers

Akiba Galleries

Akiba Galleries