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Dressers & Vanities

Originally called "toilet tables," vanities and dressers were first used in 18th century France as storage for wealthy women’s cosmetics. These pre-plumbing vanities usually included a shallow basin so women could wipe off their makeup. During Victorian-era England, these vanities were known as dressing tables and became commonplace in the bedrooms of several classes. It was around this time that some vanities did away with the mirror and added drawers for clothing.

Vanities and dressers are usually constructed from wood; oak, walnut, and mahogany are popular choices. As with other furniture, designs have changed through the centuries. Queen Anne dressers and vanities from the 1700s, for example, often feature s-curved cabriole legs, hand-carved knees, and claw-and-ball feet. In America, the designs were simpler and the Chippendale was the most popular.

During the early 20th century, Art Deco prevailed in both Europe and America, bringing with it luxurious and glamorous dressing tables. Femme fatales in the Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s were often depicted sitting regally at their elegant vanity or dressing table.

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Contemporary Chrome Plate and White Laminate Vanity
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Contemporary Chrome Plate and White Laminate Vanity
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Est: $20- $40
$455 Bids
A Red Lion Mid Century Walnut Dresser.
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A Red Lion Mid Century Walnut Dresser.
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
Ornate vintage dressing table set, floral detail. Mirror is 34cm L,14cm W.
May 29, 7:00 PM AEST
Ornate vintage dressing table set, floral detail. Mirror is 34cm L,14cm W.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
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Assorted dresser pieces
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Assorted dresser pieces
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $60
$101 Bid
HAIRDRESSER
May 28, 2:00 PM CEST
HAIRDRESSER
by Campo & Campo
Est: €250- €350
€2001 Bid
Tweedeursdresse in mahonie met lade en lijninleg, bovenaan met bronsbeslag
Jun 13, 1:30 PM CEST
Tweedeursdresse in mahonie met lade en lijninleg, bovenaan met bronsbeslag
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Est: €150- €250
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Toucador Império em mogno século XIX Dim. total aprox.: 210 x 85 x 53 cm
Jun 03, 7:00 PM WEST
Toucador Império em mogno século XIX Dim. total aprox.: 210 x 85 x 53 cm
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €400- €800
€4001 Bid
A Liègeois Régènce carved oak dresser, with marble top, 18thC, H 83 - W 62 - D 35 cm
May 30, 10:00 AM CEST
A Liègeois Régènce carved oak dresser, with marble top, 18thC, H 83 - W 62 - D 35 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €200- €400
€1001 Bid
3- PC. 1930S ACWALITE DRESSER SET
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
3- PC. 1930S ACWALITE DRESSER SET
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
George III later carved oak three drawer low boy on cabriole legs (68 x 77 x 51cm)
May 30, 10:00 AM AEST
George III later carved oak three drawer low boy on cabriole legs (68 x 77 x 51cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD151 Bid
PINE 7-DRAWER MIRRORED DRESSER
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
PINE 7-DRAWER MIRRORED DRESSER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Pottery Barn Tacoma 3-drawer Dresser
Jun 01, 10:00 AM MST
Pottery Barn Tacoma 3-drawer Dresser
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
RETRO 6-DRAWER MIRRORED DRESSER
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
RETRO 6-DRAWER MIRRORED DRESSER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Thomas Day Milton N.C. Furniture Bureau
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Thomas Day Milton N.C. Furniture Bureau
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Victorian Oak Single Drawer Dressing Table
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Victorian Oak Single Drawer Dressing Table
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
Contemporary Fruitwood Vanity with Bench
May 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Contemporary Fruitwood Vanity with Bench
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$101 Bid
A burr walnut veneered organ-bent dresser, English, 19th century
May 29, 7:00 PM CEST
A burr walnut veneered organ-bent dresser, English, 19th century
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €300- €600
€2400 Bids
Midcentury Modern
May 27, 7:00 PM CEST
Midcentury Modern
by Vendu Rotterdam
Est: €100- €200
€500 Bids

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Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc