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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

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GEORGIAN MAHOGANY INLAID DRESSER
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GEORGIAN MAHOGANY INLAID DRESSER
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Est: $500- $800
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English Oak Welsh Dresser
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A GEORGE III OAK DRESSER, the moulded rectangular top above three mahogany
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A GEORGE III OAK DRESSER, the moulded rectangular top above three mahogany
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Est: £800- £1,200
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A FINE VICTORIAN GILT-METAL INLAID AND EBONISED BURR WALNUT BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A FINE VICTORIAN GILT-METAL INLAID AND EBONISED BURR WALNUT BONHEUR-DU-JOUR
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Est: £1,000- £1,500
£6000 Bids
A GEORGE III STYLE YEW WOOD BANDED OAK DRESSER AND RACK, the enclosed rack
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A GEORGE III STYLE YEW WOOD BANDED OAK DRESSER AND RACK, the enclosed rack
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £400- £600
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Victorian Burl Walnut Dresser
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Burl Walnut Dresser
by Regency Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Victorian Pine Dresser
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Pine Dresser
by Regency Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
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English Oak Dresser Base
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
English Oak Dresser Base
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
Victorian four drawer dresser with marble tops.
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian four drawer dresser with marble tops.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Victorian marble top dresser
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
Victorian marble top dresser
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
COLLECTION OF DRESSER ARTICLES AND TOP DRAWER ITEMS
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
COLLECTION OF DRESSER ARTICLES AND TOP DRAWER ITEMS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $60- $200
$300 Bids
Louis XVI dresser commode
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Louis XVI dresser commode
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €2,250- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
AN ENGLISH OAK DRESSER, 18TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 9:30 AM BST
AN ENGLISH OAK DRESSER, 18TH CENTURY
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Est: £300- £500
£300 Bids
Queen Anne style 4 drawer dresser (h:90 x w:84 x d:44cm)
Oct 22, 9:30 AM AEDT
Queen Anne style 4 drawer dresser (h:90 x w:84 x d:44cm)
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Est: AUD50- AUD80
AUD250 Bids
VICTORIAN STYLE CREAM AND WHITE PAINTED DRESSER
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
VICTORIAN STYLE CREAM AND WHITE PAINTED DRESSER
by Potomack Company
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell English Dressers & Vanities


Elstob and Elstob

Elstob and Elstob

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New Orleans Auction Galleries

Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Vickers & Hoad

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