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Highboy Armoires

America's post-Revolutionary War period saw a significant spike in quality furniture production. The highboy was emblematic of the moment in history. Originally created in Georgian England, the highboy, or chest-on-stand, offered two levels of vertical storage, featuring a wide set of bottom drawers mounted on turned legs topped by a slightly narrower chest of drawers. Often reaching seven feet tall or more, the top drawers could often only be reached with the help of a footstool or chair.

Not only did the highboy fulfill the need for more storage space, they became an immensely popular item thanks to American cabinetmakers' fine hand craftsmanship and meticulous carvings.

These pieces, which reached the height of their popularity in the last quarter of the 18th century, still have cachet for modern collectors. Designer devotees include the late decorating luminary Albert Hadley and neo-Classical design doyenne Bunny Williams. With imposing presence and beauty, highboy armoires represent the pinnacle of American furniture design.


Quick Facts

  • In 1961, Henry Francis du Pont, heir to the chemical family’s fortune, donated a fine highboy to the American Museum in Bath, England
  • Highboys were rarely made after 1775, when low-standing chests of drawers, bureaus, and dressing tables began taking their place
  • In January 2016, a rare Queen Anne cherry miniature highboy produced in Pennsylvania (circa 1730) sold at Sotheby’s for $15,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Queen Anne High Chest
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Queen Anne High Chest
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$255 Bids
Fine 18th Century Queen Anne Mahogany Highboy Chest Of Drawers
Mar 10, 3:00 PM PST
Fine 18th Century Queen Anne Mahogany Highboy Chest Of Drawers
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $600- $900
$3200 Bids
A Statton Furniture Queen Anne style cherry highboy, post 1950
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Statton Furniture Queen Anne style cherry highboy, post 1950
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Antique Queen Anne Highboy
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Queen Anne Highboy
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Mid-Century Modern John Stuart Wooden Dresser Highboy
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Mid-Century Modern John Stuart Wooden Dresser Highboy
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $300- $600
$500 Bids
Queen Anne tall highboy chest circa 1790 Cherry bonnet top
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
Queen Anne tall highboy chest circa 1790 Cherry bonnet top
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $4,000- $8,000
$3,0000 Bids
A GOOD GEORGE III DESIGN MAHOGANY TALLBOY with two short and three long drawers over three long drawers to the
Mar 06, 10:30 AM GMT
A GOOD GEORGE III DESIGN MAHOGANY TALLBOY with two short and three long drawers over three long drawers to the
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £60- £80
£500 Bids
Potthast Federal Style Serpentine Tall Chest
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Potthast Federal Style Serpentine Tall Chest
by Alex Cooper
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
ATTR. FRITS HENNINGSEN MAHOGANY TALLBOY CHEST
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
ATTR. FRITS HENNINGSEN MAHOGANY TALLBOY CHEST
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$500 Bids
18TH C. QUEEN ANNE WALNUT HIGHBOY.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
18TH C. QUEEN ANNE WALNUT HIGHBOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
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QUEEN ANNE HIGHBOY BASE 18th Century Height 36". Width 41". Depth 21".
Mar 07, 9:30 AM EST
QUEEN ANNE HIGHBOY BASE 18th Century Height 36". Width 41". Depth 21".
by Eldred's
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Queen Anne Cross-Banded Walnut Highboy, Massachusetts, 1740-1760
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Queen Anne Cross-Banded Walnut Highboy, Massachusetts, 1740-1760
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,2000 Bids
FINE 18TH C. BOSTON CHIPPENDALE MAPLE HIGHBOY.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
FINE 18TH C. BOSTON CHIPPENDALE MAPLE HIGHBOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
18TH C. WETHERSFIELD CT CHERRY BONNET TOP HIGHBOY.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
18TH C. WETHERSFIELD CT CHERRY BONNET TOP HIGHBOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
19TH C. ENGLISH MAHOGANY HIGHBOY
Mar 23, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. ENGLISH MAHOGANY HIGHBOY
by Clements
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
American Queen Anne Walnut Highboy, Litchfield County, CT, 18th c., H.- 73 in., W.- 41 1/2 in., D.- 18 1/2 in.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CST
American Queen Anne Walnut Highboy, Litchfield County, CT, 18th c., H.- 73 in., W.- 41 1/2 in., D.- 18 1/2 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8000 Bids
Chippendale mahogany high chest
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Chippendale mahogany high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2400 Bids
Bench made Chippendale mahogany high chest
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Bench made Chippendale mahogany high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $700
$2000 Bids
English Queen Anne walnut high chest, 18th c., 65"
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
English Queen Anne walnut high chest, 18th c., 65"
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Federal Style Tiger Maple Semi Tall Chest
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Federal Style Tiger Maple Semi Tall Chest
by Alex Cooper
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
Federal Style Tiger Maple Semi Tall Chest
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Federal Style Tiger Maple Semi Tall Chest
by Alex Cooper
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
George III Oak and Mahogany Chest-on-Chest
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
George III Oak and Mahogany Chest-on-Chest
by STAIR
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
STYLE OF ALBERT PARVIN WALNUT HIGH CHEST
Feb 28, 11:00 AM EST
STYLE OF ALBERT PARVIN WALNUT HIGH CHEST
by Capsule Gallery Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
18TH C. NH QUEEN ANNE MAPLE HIGHBOY.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
18TH C. NH QUEEN ANNE MAPLE HIGHBOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Highboy Armoires


William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

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