Antique Dressing Tables , named also as the Vanity Table evolved from the washstand. In the mid 18th Century the antique washstand became a piece of free standing furniture made of mahogany, having 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 them being made much larger in the Regency era with rectangular tops sometimes with hinged backs and fitted with mirrors on the inside, above central basins other compartments. From the 1830s 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 and 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.
Dressing Tables & Washstands for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold dressing tables but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Stunning French Empire, Figured mahogany Antique Dressing Table. This Stunning French Empire, Figured mahogany Antique Dressing Table dates from ca. 1860. It has an arched tilting mirror with beautiful turned column supports and brass decorative detailing. The top is beautifully figured, sitting above a concealed frieze drawer and has four beautifully turned column supports, with turned cross stretcher.
Magnificent ‘Burr’ Pollard Oak Arts & Crafts Antique Dressing Table. This magnificent pollard oak (looks similar to burr walnut) antique dressing table dates from around 1880 and is of fabulous quality in the Arts and Crafts design. It has the original tilting mirror (slight foxing evident) which is supported by reeded upright supports having turned finials. An attractive shaped up-stand sits on the rectangular top which has a moulded edge and is beautifully figured. Below this a single drawer over knee hole and a right hand pedestal with four graduating drawers all with moulded edges and ornate brass handles. The sides of the table have reeded panels and it sits on turned feet with black porcelain castors.
Beautifully Inlaid Antique Edwardian Mahogany Dressing Table. This Beautifully Inlaid Antique Edwardian Mahogany Dressing Table circa, 1900 has the original oval bevelled mirror which tilts, the mirror has slight foxing but does not detract from the elegance of this wonderful piece. It has tapering upright supports with brass finials above a shaped moulded shelf with two small mahogany lined drawers with the original brass swan neck handles. The lower section has a rectangular moulded top above two over two mahogany lined drawers again with the original brass swan neck handles. This delightful dressing table stands on four tapering legs with castors and all the edges are beautifully inlaid with ebony and boxwood cross banding.
Edwardian Mahogany Antique Dressing Table. This antique mahogany Edwardian dressing dates from around 1900. It has an oval tilting mirror with the original bevelled glass flanked by two upright supports and two small jewellery drawers. The rectangular moulded top sits above a two over two drawer configuration complete with the original brass handles. It stands on tapering legs with brass castors and has decorative banding around the edges.
Stunning Satin Walnut Victorian Antique Dressing Table. This Stunning Satin Walnut Victorian Antique Dressing Table circa, 1870 comprises of a beautiful tilting central mirror with lovely decorative carvings and scrolled upright supports, central turned gallery back with four small jewellery drawers with brass handles and decorative carved corners. The top of this Stunning dressing table is beautifully figured with moulded edge sitting above a central mahogany lined drawer. This lovely antique is finished with beautifully turned upright supports and has a shaped lower shelf and stands on turned bun feet.
Beautiful Victorian Mahogany Duchess Antique Dressing Table