Antique Dressing Tables, also known as ‘Vanity Table’ evolved from the washstand. In the mid 18th Century the antique washstand became a piece of free standing furniture made of Mahogany. It had twin flap square tops which open from the centre to reveal a fitted interior with sunken bowl, dressing compartments and a rising mirror that lifts up from the back. This then led to antique dressing tables being made much larger in the Regency period with rectangular tops, sometimes with hinged backs and fitted with mirrors on the inside, above central basins and other compartments. From 1830 on-wards cabinet makers started to add a free standing mirror to sit on the washstand and then this led to the dressing table design. The 19th century brought about new designs such as the duchess dressing table, with curves and lots of small drawers. The Victorian and Edwardian period introduced new woods such as Walnut and Oak and favoured a dressing table in a bedroom, usually as part of a bedroom suite, matching with the wardrobe and bed. These antique dressing tables were built by very good cabinet makers like waring and Gillows, Maple and Co, Liberty and co. or Heals. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.