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Dressers & Vanities

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.

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Pier 1 Imports 5-drawer Wood Dresser
May 25, 10:00 AM MST
Pier 1 Imports 5-drawer Wood Dresser
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Delaware Valley Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
Delaware Valley Queen Anne Walnut Dressing Table
by Locati LLC
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Alvin Sterling Mounted Five-Piece Dresser Set
May 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Alvin Sterling Mounted Five-Piece Dresser Set
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$151 Bid
Dresser Boxes
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Dresser Boxes
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
SIX DRAWER DRESSER W/ MIRROR
May 20, 10:00 AM PDT
SIX DRAWER DRESSER W/ MIRROR
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Dresser Boxes
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Dresser Boxes
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Dresser
May 19, 12:00 PM EDT
George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Dresser
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
An unusual painted pine dresser
May 20, 9:00 AM EDT
An unusual painted pine dresser
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 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
Midcentury Modern
May 27, 7:00 PM CEST
Midcentury Modern
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €100- €200
€500 Bids
French taste dressing table, 20th century
May 21, 5:00 PM CEST
French taste dressing table, 20th century
by Ansorena
Est: €60- €80
€400 Bids
Elizabethan dressing table, Spain, 19th century
May 22, 5:00 PM CEST
Elizabethan dressing table, Spain, 19th century
by Ansorena
Est: €375- €500
€2500 Bids
A late George III mahogany bowfront dressing table
May 22, 10:00 AM BST
A late George III mahogany bowfront dressing table
by Martel Maides
Est: £300- £400
£2000 Bids
Patinated wooden dressing table, late 19th century
May 23, 10:30 AM CEST
Patinated wooden dressing table, late 19th century
by Casa d'aste ARCADIA
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
An Art Deco satin walnut dressing table,
May 23, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco satin walnut dressing table,
by Cheffins
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
Three Boulle Casket and Dresser Boxes
May 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Three Boulle Casket and Dresser Boxes
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN STYLE DRESSER AND HEADBOARD
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE CAMPAIGN STYLE DRESSER AND HEADBOARD
by Intervendue
Est: $3,400- $6,000
$5000 Bids
Dutch mahogany dresser
May 31, 3:00 PM CEST
Dutch mahogany dresser
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€1,0000 Bids
Hollywood Regency Mid-Century Modern Lucite Vanity
May 19, 10:00 AM PDT
Hollywood Regency Mid-Century Modern Lucite Vanity
by California Auctioneers
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
French chinoiserie painted and lacquered dresser
May 31, 3:00 PM CEST
French chinoiserie painted and lacquered dresser
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€1,4000 Bids

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