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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Quality 3 part solid mah full bonnet high boy
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Quality 3 part solid mah full bonnet high boy
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Late 18th Early 19th Century American Highboy 71 1/2 x 37 x 19 1/4 inches
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Late 18th Early 19th Century American Highboy 71 1/2 x 37 x 19 1/4 inches
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE-STYLE MAHOGANY HIGHBOY
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE-STYLE MAHOGANY HIGHBOY
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
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Early American Cherrywood Highboy in the Queen Anne Taste
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Early American Cherrywood Highboy in the Queen Anne Taste
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8000 Bids
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Early American Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Highboy
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Early American Cherrywood Bonnet-Top Highboy
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
A GOOD GEORGE III MAHOGANY TALLBOY, with blind fret frieze, the top with two short and three long graduated dr
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A GOOD GEORGE III MAHOGANY TALLBOY, with blind fret frieze, the top with two short and three long graduated dr
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £400- £600
£3600 Bids
Chippendale Style Highboy
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Chippendale Style Highboy
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $600
$700 Bids
WONDERFUL CUSTOM CHERRY HIGHBOY WITH WYETH ASSOCIATION
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
WONDERFUL CUSTOM CHERRY HIGHBOY WITH WYETH ASSOCIATION
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
QUEEN ANNE TWO-PART BIRCH HIGHBOY WITH HIDDEN DRAWER
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
QUEEN ANNE TWO-PART BIRCH HIGHBOY WITH HIDDEN DRAWER
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Highboy Armoires


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