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American Dressers & Vanities

American designs for dressers and vanities tended to be simpler than their European counterparts. The Chippendale style was among the most popular, even though it originated in England. The first style of furniture that was named after its maker rather than a monarch, it blended Gothic, Rococo, and Chinese styles. During the early 18th century, Boston was the leading colonial city and the first to implement popular styles such as the Chippendale into their household furniture; however, it wasn't until the latter part of the 19th century that dressing and vanity tables became a common piece of the bedroom furniture suite.

American vanities and dressers were greatly influence by the Art Deco period of the 1920s. In the 1960s, modern molded-plastic valet dressing tables designed by Raymond Leowy were quite prevalent, while today minimalist designs by Korean Choi Byung Hoon are gaining popularity.


Quick Facts

  • A Chippendale carved Cherrywood bonnet-top high chest-of-drawers dresser sold at Christie's New York in January 2012 for $422,500
  • An Art Deco red and black painted dressing table from the first half of the 20th century sold at Christie's London in April 2009 for $2,944

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Est: $200- $300
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Henredon - Long Dresser
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Est: $300- $400
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Baughman - Directional - Long Dresser
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RALPH LAUREN HOME - Dresser in white decapé wood
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Est: €2,250- €3,000
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Baughman - Directional - Dresser
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Baughman - Directional - Dresser
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Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
1920's American Art Deco Dressing Vanity
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1920's American Art Deco Dressing Vanity
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Est: $150- $300
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Henkel Harris solid mahogany 9 drawer low dresser in original finish
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Henkel Harris solid mahogany 9 drawer low dresser in original finish
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Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Henkel Harris solid cherry 10 drawer low dresser in original finish
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Henkel Harris solid cherry 10 drawer low dresser in original finish
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Est: $600- $1,200
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Drexel Heritage mahogany decorated front and top and banded 9 drawer dresser
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Drexel Heritage mahogany decorated front and top and banded 9 drawer dresser
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Stanley Furniture Bleached Oak Triple Dresser, Mirror and Pair of Nightstands
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Stanley Furniture Bleached Oak Triple Dresser, Mirror and Pair of Nightstands
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Est: $30- $50
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Sellers Who Sell American Dressers & Vanities


Regency Auction House

Regency Auction House

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Premier Auction Galleries

Premier Auction Galleries

Weschler's

Weschler's