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European Nightstands

For many, peaceful slumber comes easy when nestled in a bed with a book on your nightstand; however, in previous centuries the nightstand doubled as a cubicle for the resident’s chamber pot.

Thankfully, advances in plumbing allowed everyone to breathe easy while nightstands remained pivotal to nighttime rituals. Early French nightstands had built-in handles that allowed them to easily be transported and stored out of sight during the daytime. Eventually, European nightstands settled permanently into the space adjacent to the bed. These pieces of furniture come in a variety of styles, from English Queen Anne and French Louis XV to American Empire and Spanish Revival.

While nighttime necessities have changed from candlesticks to lamps and from books to kindles, the basic function of the nightstand as a home for things you may need during the night remains the same.

Quick Facts

  • In October 2015, a pair of Louis XV carved nightstands with marble tops sold on eBay for $1,450
  • At a 2011 Skinner auction in Boston, a George III mahogany nightstand inlaid with satinwood dating to late 18th century England sold for $889
  • In 2014, a pair of mid-20th century teak Dyrlund Nightstands from Denmark sold at a Skinner auction for just $215

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair of Louis XV Provincial Style Nightstands
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Pair of Louis XV Provincial Style Nightstands
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
French Louis XV Style Mahogany Nightstand
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
French Louis XV Style Mahogany Nightstand
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MATCHED VENEER NIGHTSTAND
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MATCHED VENEER NIGHTSTAND
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $250
$1000 Bids
(2) ITALIAN LOUIS XV STYLE MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN LOUIS XV STYLE MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
2) ITALIAN BIRDSEYE FIGURED MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
2) ITALIAN BIRDSEYE FIGURED MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MARQUETRY NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MARQUETRY NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2500 Bids
(2) ITALIAN MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FORM NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN MAHOGANY SERPENTINE-FORM NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED BOMBE NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED BOMBE NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Pair Wooden French Provincial Nightstands
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Wooden French Provincial Nightstands
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE WALNUT NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE WALNUT NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MARQUETRY NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MARQUETRY NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids
(2) ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2500 Bids
(2) MID-CENTURY MODERN MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) MID-CENTURY MODERN MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) ITALIAN ART DECO BURLWOOD NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN ART DECO BURLWOOD NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) VENETIAN LOUIS XV STYLE PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) VENETIAN LOUIS XV STYLE PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
French Louis XVI Style Patinated Nightstand, 2
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
French Louis XVI Style Patinated Nightstand, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
PR FALSTER DANISH MODERN TEAK NIGHT STANDS. EBONIZED TRIM DETAILS. METAL PULLS. MARKED.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PR FALSTER DANISH MODERN TEAK NIGHT STANDS. EBONIZED TRIM DETAILS. METAL PULLS. MARKED.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
(2) ITALIAN MID-CENTURY MODERN INLAID NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN MID-CENTURY MODERN INLAID NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
(2) ITALIAN CARVED MAHOGANY MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 11, 9:00 AM CST
(2) ITALIAN CARVED MAHOGANY MARBLE-TOP NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
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PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE TWO DRAWER NIGHT STANDS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE TWO DRAWER NIGHT STANDS
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XVI STYLE PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(2) FRENCH LOUIS XVI STYLE PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell European Nightstands


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

Auctions at Showplace

Auctions at Showplace