Antique Vanities

Vanities have been a staple in women’s bedrooms for hundreds of years, and while modern bathroom vanities may have become more common, there’s still something special and luxurious about an antique vanity table. Fireside Antiques has a huge range of antique vanity tables that can bring a new sense of elegance to your bedroom. 

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    French Louis XVI Style Vanity

    $1,995.00

    58"H x 35.25"W x 17.63"D

    Dimensions: 58”H x 35-¼”W x 17-⅝”D

    An expertly carved and painted vanity, done in the Louis XVI style circa 1870 that features a tilting mirror, three drawers, and an inset marble top. A characteristically asymmetrical tied ribbon is perched atop the mirror, with more scrolled carved details found all about the piece. The antique mirror plate,held between two fluted posts with finials and brackets- features a generous amount of foxing. The two small drawers on the vanity surface are topped with scrolling acanthus leaves and carved drapery details between them. The inset colorful marble top surface has been cracked and professionally repaired. The vanity surface is 29-⅜”H. The paneled apron with carved pearl borders houses a single drawer with a dainty drop ring pull. Apron knee clearance is 25-¼”. At each of the corners, flanking the drawer, are carved floret dies. The whole is raised on four columnar fluted legs with toupee-style feet and complete this sweet table. Make sure to view the detailed images of this beautifully patinated vanity.

  • French 19th Century Flip Top Vanity

    $4,650.00

    29"H x 23.13"W x 15.88"D

    Dimensions: 29”H x 23-⅛”W x 15-⅞”D

    A Parisian flip top vanity with mirror and drawer has impressive inlay designs and craftsmanship. The table is identified by a brass plate as being made by “Sormani & Fils a Paris, 10 Rue Charlot. The shop was owned by Veuve Paul Sormani and his sons. Sormani exhibited at the International Exhibitions in Paris and London winning numerous medals. Circa 1850.

Vanities have been a staple in women’s bedrooms for hundreds of years, and while modern bathroom vanities may have become more common, there’s still something special and luxurious about an antique vanity table. Fireside Antiques has a huge range of antique vanity tables that can bring a new sense of elegance to your bedroom. 

Up to the Middle Ages, chests and boxes were the only types of storage available to most people. However, advances in woodworking meant that carpenters could make more elaborate and useful designs, such as cabinets and shelves.

While most nobles would store their cosmetics in small, decorative boxes, the 17th century led to the rise of dressing tables, which combined a table with shelves and a mirror. These were equally popular with men and women — men used them predominantly while shaving and grooming, while women used them to get ready for important events.

Vanity tables became increasingly ornate and complex as woodworkers competed to gain the attention of rich clients. That’s why many antique vanity tables are packed with decorative features, including gilt mirrors, ivory or gold inlays, curlicues, and even hidden compartments.

However, despite all of these embellishments, the basic components of the vanity remain the same: a chair, a dresser containing storage compartments for cosmetics, and a mirror.

Shop Vintage & Antique Vanities

Fireside Antiques offers antique vanity tables with mirrors in a host of fine woods, including mahogany, cherry, and walnut. You can choose your style ranging from Victorian dressing tables, 18th-century French vanities, or even Art Deco vanities from the early 20th century.

These vanities can add a dash of style and elegance to your bedroom while remaining durable enough to become a treasured family heirloom. Whether looking for clean Gustavian pieces from Sweden or ornate masterworks from France and Italy, our range of antique vanities will inspire your inner interior designer.

Why Use an Antique Vanity?

Dedicated vanity tables have fallen out of fashion, and most of us use bathroom vanities or walk-in closets. However, if you need more than just a space to do your hair and makeup, an antique vanity can be a conversation piece and an excellent platform to display your expensive beauty products. Most vanities have compartments for cosmetics and even jewelry, making them perfect organizing tools if you have many products and no place to store them.

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