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Antique Dressers & Vanities

Dressers and vanities gained popularity in the 1700s, developing from another piece of furniture referred to as a “lowboy.” A lowboy was a plain, short table with two rows of drawers. Cabriole legs or small mirrors were often added for a bit of flair. During the early 1800s, mirrors began to be installed directly into the table and a matching stool or chair accompanied the table, ushering in the age of the vanity. Some vanities even came with knee holes to allow for comfortable application of cosmetics.

As the times changed, so did vanities and dressers. Victorian era vanities and dressers featured elaborate designs with ornate carvings and lavish upholstery. When the Art Deco style was popular in the 1920s, vanities became taller and featured more modern details such as geometric handles and painted wood.

Like other antique furniture, dressers and vanities add a sense of style and history to the bedroom. Though the material used to make them can vary greatly, cherry wood and oak are among the most expensive. As with most furniture, any signs of wear such as cracks or breaks can decrease the antique dresser or vanity's value. A complete vanity set with mirrors, working drawers, and handles will usually go for a higher price.


Quick Facts

  • An important Chippendale carved mahogany block-and-shell bureau table, dated 1767, sold at Christie's New York in January 2013 for $2,210,500
  • Chippendale vanities and dressers saw an extreme rise in popularity in the 1960s and once again in the 1980s

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage-Inspired Intricately Carved Antique-Style Dresser
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage-Inspired Intricately Carved Antique-Style Dresser
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$9019 Bids
Quality 12 drawer Master dresser, distressed antique cherry finish
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Quality 12 drawer Master dresser, distressed antique cherry finish
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1703 Bids
QUEEN ANNE DRESSING TABLE.
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
QUEEN ANNE DRESSING TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
Queen Anne Cherrywood Dressing Table
Aug 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Queen Anne Cherrywood Dressing Table
by Nye & Company
Est: $50- $25,000
$201 Bid
Elegant dressing table with table mirror from the 19th century
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Elegant dressing table with table mirror from the 19th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€8500 Bids
SHERATON DRESSING TABLE.
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
SHERATON DRESSING TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $125- $250
$600 Bids
Antique Petite Walnut Wishbone Dresser w/ Marble Insert
Aug 09, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Petite Walnut Wishbone Dresser w/ Marble Insert
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Dutch Baroque Style Mahogany Kidney Shaped Vanity
Aug 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Dutch Baroque Style Mahogany Kidney Shaped Vanity
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
SHERATON DRESSING TABLE.
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
SHERATON DRESSING TABLE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
dressing table, Louis-Seize, around 1790, walnut
Jul 27, 11:00 AM CEST
dressing table, Louis-Seize, around 1790, walnut
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €580- €1,200
€5500 Bids
Antique Vanity W Mirror & Lyre Base
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Vanity W Mirror & Lyre Base
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $200
$10 Bids
S.A. Baltic Pine Kitchen Dresser
Aug 03, 11:00 AM AEST
S.A. Baltic Pine Kitchen Dresser
by Tuckerbox Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD200 Bids
Jacobean Turned and Figured Oak Dressing Table
Aug 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Jacobean Turned and Figured Oak Dressing Table
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted ebonized and Boulle marquetry dressing table, late 19th century
Aug 01, 10:00 AM PDT
A Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted ebonized and Boulle marquetry dressing table, late 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Gorgeous Petite 19th Century Mahogany Empire Dresser with Antique Mirror
Aug 09, 6:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous Petite 19th Century Mahogany Empire Dresser with Antique Mirror
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Antique Oak 4 Drawer Dresser W Mirror C 1900
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Oak 4 Drawer Dresser W Mirror C 1900
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $250
$10 Bids
A CONTINENTAL PAINTED DRESSING TABLE AND MIRROR ENSUITE, PROBABLY ITALIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Aug 08, 10:30 AM BST
A CONTINENTAL PAINTED DRESSING TABLE AND MIRROR ENSUITE, PROBABLY ITALIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £400- £600
£1500 Bids
UNUSUAL & RARE EMPIRE MAHOGANY LADY’S VANITY WITH
Aug 27, 10:00 AM EDT
UNUSUAL & RARE EMPIRE MAHOGANY LADY’S VANITY WITH
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $750- $1,250
$3750 Bids
Antique Hand Carved Solid Mahogany Dresser
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Hand Carved Solid Mahogany Dresser
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Dressers & Vanities


Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Nye & Company

Nye & Company

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions