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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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Vintage Drexel Heritage Chinoiserie Highboy
Oct 09, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Drexel Heritage Chinoiserie Highboy
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
18th Ct. English Crotch Walnut Chest on Chest Highboy
Oct 12, 5:00 PM EDT
18th Ct. English Crotch Walnut Chest on Chest Highboy
by Abington Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
Queen Anne Style Walnut Highboy
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Queen Anne Style Walnut Highboy
by Leonard Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
18C Boston Japanned High Boy Top
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
18C Boston Japanned High Boy Top
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Hickory Furniture Co. Mahogany Highboy, H 85.5", W 41"
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Hickory Furniture Co. Mahogany Highboy, H 85.5", W 41"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Queen Anne Walnut Highboy
Oct 16, 10:00 AM CDT
Queen Anne Walnut Highboy
by Leonard Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
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Chippendale Style Highboy
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Chippendale Style Highboy
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
Exceptional Tiger Maple Queen Anne Highboy
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Exceptional Tiger Maple Queen Anne Highboy
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $800
$1500 Bids
Queen Anne Highboy
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
Queen Anne Highboy
by New England Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1000 Bids
Bonnet Top Highboy
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Bonnet Top Highboy
by New England Auctions
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$1000 Bids
GEORGE I WALNUT HIGHBOY
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGE I WALNUT HIGHBOY
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6000 Bids
WILLIAM AND MARY HIGHBOY
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
WILLIAM AND MARY HIGHBOY
by Withington Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Early1700's William & Mary Antique FlatTop HighBoy
Oct 15, 10:30 AM EDT
Early1700's William & Mary Antique FlatTop HighBoy
by Terri Peters & Associates
Est: $5- $99,999
$250 Bids
New England Queen Anne maple high chest, ca. 1765
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
New England Queen Anne maple high chest, ca. 1765
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut high chest
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
New England Queen Anne burl veneer high chest
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
New England Queen Anne burl veneer high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$5,0000 Bids
Connecticut Queen Anne cherry high chest, ca. 1765
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Connecticut Queen Anne cherry high chest, ca. 1765
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 Bids
NEWPORT RI HIGHBOY
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
NEWPORT RI HIGHBOY
by Withington Auctions
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$3,0000 Bids
MID-CENTURY WHITE FURNITURE WALNUT HIGHBOY CHEST
Oct 11, 11:00 AM EDT
MID-CENTURY WHITE FURNITURE WALNUT HIGHBOY CHEST
by Westport Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
BOWMAN BROTHERS, CAMDEN TOWN TALLBOY, CIRCA 1950
Oct 12, 10:00 AM BST
BOWMAN BROTHERS, CAMDEN TOWN TALLBOY, CIRCA 1950
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £500- £800
£2400 Bids
Pennsylvania Queen Anne walnut high chest
Oct 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania Queen Anne walnut high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
New England Queen Anne birch and maple high chest
Oct 06, 9:00 AM EDT
New England Queen Anne birch and maple high chest
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Highboy Armoires


Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

Leonard Auction

Leonard Auction

New England Auctions

New England Auctions

Withington Auctions

Withington Auctions