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Dressers & Vanities - General

Originally called "toilet tables," vanities and dressers were first used in 18th century France as storage for wealthy women’s cosmetics. These pre-plumbing vanities usually included a shallow basin so women could wipe off their makeup. During Victorian-era England, these vanities were known as dressing tables and became commonplace in the bedrooms of several classes. It was around this time that some vanities did away with the mirror and added drawers for clothing.

Vanities and dressers are usually constructed from wood; oak, walnut, and mahogany are popular choices. As with other furniture, designs have changed through the centuries. Queen Anne dressers and vanities from the 1700s, for example, often feature s-curved cabriole legs, hand-carved knees, and claw-and-ball feet. In America, the designs were simpler and the Chippendale was the most popular.

During the early 20th century, Art Deco prevailed in both Europe and America, bringing with it luxurious and glamorous dressing tables. Femme fatales in the Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s were often depicted sitting regally at their elegant vanity or dressing table.


Quick Facts

  • Before the 1700s, portable cosmetic boxes acted as vanities
  • An Edwardian mahogany vanity table from the early 20th century sold at Christie's New York in September 2008 for $6,250
  • A William and Mary mahogany and cedar dressing table, 1715-1725, sold at Christie's New York in January 2011 for $482, 500

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Vintage Wooden Dresser With Collapsible Table 27” X 28” X 24”
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Victorian Style Miniature Three Drawer Dresser
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Cherry Empire Tall Dresser 52”H x42” W x 21 3/4” D
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Cherry Empire 5 Drawer Dresser 45 1/2” H x 43” W x 22” D
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PARTIAL EBONIZED AND PARCHMENT COVERED DRESSER C 1950 RESTING ON SHAPED LEGS.
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PARTIAL EBONIZED AND PARCHMENT COVERED DRESSER C 1950 RESTING ON SHAPED LEGS.
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Vintage dressing vanity and bench, solid maple
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A MID CENTURY MODERN FOUR DRAWER MOZAMBIQUE LOW DRESSER HAVING BRASS TRIM.
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