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English Dressers & Vanities

Though different styles of furniture developed all across Europe, few rivaled those of England. Most styles were named after ruling monarchs of the time, whose personal tastes would often dictate the design zeitgeist.

During the second quarter of the 18th century, the William and Mary style rivaled the earlier Baroque style. Less dramatic than the Baroque period, William and Mary dressers and vanities featured graceful, curved outlines and classical proportions. Queen Anne dressers and vanities were also prominent in the 1700s and were known for their light, graceful frames and scalloped carvings.

The Chippendale style of furniture was named after the cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale. Chippendale's contribution to the development of the vanity was to add a portable mirror that could be placed on top of the table. It was much taller than its predecessors, boasting two sets of drawers and curved legs. The Victorian era also brought about very distinctive dressers and vanities that are highly sought-after today. These tend to have intricate carvings and are richly upholstered.


Quick Facts

  • Chippendale was the first style of furniture to be named after its maker, rather than a monarch
  • A late Victorian mahogany and satinwood-banded dressing table, circa 1900, sold at Christie's London in September 2012 for $2,781
  • An English oak dresser and base, 18th century and later, sold at Sotheby's Melbourne in October 2007 for $8, 295

Recommended Items at Auction

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LATE VICTORIAN MINIATURE OAK DRESSER 42 1/4 x 32 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (107.3 x 83.2 x 26 cm.)
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
LATE VICTORIAN MINIATURE OAK DRESSER 42 1/4 x 32 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (107.3 x 83.2 x 26 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $500- $800
$2752 Bids
Queen Anne Style Lowboy
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Queen Anne Style Lowboy
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Colonial Revival Queen Anne Dressing Table
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Colonial Revival Queen Anne Dressing Table
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Carved Victorian Dresser with mirror
May 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Carved Victorian Dresser with mirror
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
An Edwardian Serpentine Front Satinwood Sideboard/Dressing Table bordered with diagonally grained ba
Apr 21, 11:00 AM BST
An Edwardian Serpentine Front Satinwood Sideboard/Dressing Table bordered with diagonally grained ba
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £300
£900 Bids
George III Gentleman's Dressing Table
Apr 21, 11:00 AM PDT
George III Gentleman's Dressing Table
by Fine Estate Inc.
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
A GEORGE III-STYLE OAK ENCLOSED LOW DRESSER Robert Brown, Melbourne, late 20th century
Apr 29, 6:00 PM AEST
A GEORGE III-STYLE OAK ENCLOSED LOW DRESSER Robert Brown, Melbourne, late 20th century
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,500
AUD2,2000 Bids
ENGLISH CARVED OAK KITCHEN DRESSER & PLATE RACK
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
ENGLISH CARVED OAK KITCHEN DRESSER & PLATE RACK
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Chippendale Style Dressing Table, Donald Dunlap
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Chippendale Style Dressing Table, Donald Dunlap
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $700- $1,000
$3500 Bids
Victorian Style Kidney Shaped Dressing Table
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Victorian Style Kidney Shaped Dressing Table
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $400- $500
$1000 Bids
An Art Deco ash and walnut dressing table,
Apr 30, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco ash and walnut dressing table,
by Sworders
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,6000 Bids
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
May 01, 12:00 PM EDT
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Victorian Faux Bamboo Maple Dresser
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Faux Bamboo Maple Dresser
by Regency Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
A late Georgian mahogany dressing table / vanity table with a double hinged
Apr 29, 9:00 AM BST
A late Georgian mahogany dressing table / vanity table with a double hinged
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
Desk and Dressing Table
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Desk and Dressing Table
by Leonard Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
George III Mahogany Dressing Table
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
George III Mahogany Dressing Table
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Dressers & Vanities


Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.

Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.

Lawsons

Lawsons

Sworders

Sworders