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Art Deco Dressing Table in Macassar Wood by Majorelle
By Louis Majorelle
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Art Deco Majorelle France dressing table, all in stunning French Macassar wood in vertically displayed grain to face and edges. This piece displays the branded, Majorelle Insignia to...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vanities

Black Makeup Vanity Desk
By Unica Luxury Lighted Mirrors
Located in Milan, IT
Designed with essential and simple lines to match all of Unica's luxury mirrors, this vanity desk features a black-varnished structure with a rectangular ash wood top supported by tw...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vanities

Materials

Wood

  • Black Makeup Vanity Desk
  • Black Makeup Vanity Desk
  • Black Makeup Vanity Desk
  • Black Makeup Vanity Desk
H 41.74 in. W 39.38 in. D 19.69 in.
Bronze and Black Glass Bathroom Vanity with Paw Feet
Located in Chicago, IL
An Old Plank original, solid bronze bathroom vanity with endless choices available for the colored inserts. The vanity pictured here, was made with black glass inserts, or could as e...
Category

2010s American Bathroom Fixtures

Materials

Bronze

Bauhaus Style Vanity and Chair Black Lacquer Streamline
By Bauhaus
Located in Oakland, CA
Bauhaus vanity, mirror and black lacquer chair streamline furniture set. Aerodynamic style is characteristic of the industrial and domestic design of the late 1920s and 1930s. Europe...
Category

Vintage 1920s German Bauhaus Vanities

Materials

Metal

Louis XV Style Black Chinoiserie Decorated Vanity / Desk
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Louis XV style black chinoiserie decorated vanity / desk, circa 1970's. With a fabric and glass top, raised chinoiserie decoration and brass hardware.
Category

Vintage 1970s Unknown Louis XV Vanities

Materials

Brass

oak vanity
Located in Brooklyn, NY
original
Category

20th Century French Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Oak

  • oak vanity
  • oak vanity
  • oak vanity
  • oak vanity
H 43.31 in. W 47.25 in. D 17.72 in.
Vanity Table with Mirror
By Cipriani Homood
Located in Milan, IT
This stylish vanity table with mirror is the perfect addition to your contemporary style bedroom decor. With its neutral beige coloring and exotic design, it features 2 nubuck leathe...
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2010s Italian Vanities

Materials

Metal

  • Vanity Table with Mirror
  • Vanity Table with Mirror
  • Vanity Table with Mirror
  • Vanity Table with Mirror
H 31.11 in. W 58.27 in. D 19.69 in.
Woman in Paris Black and White Vanity Table by Matteo Cibic
By Scarlet Splendour, Matteo Cibic
Located in Kolkata, IN
Woman in Paris Black and White Vanity Table by Matteo Cibic is a stunning dressing table with two drawers and three mirrors, two of which can be moved to desired angles. It is availa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Vanities

Materials

Resin

Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Art Deco Mid-Century Modern vanity with large round mirror.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

  • Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
  • Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
  • Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
  • Burl Wood Art Deco Vanity
H 61 in. W 50 in. D 17 in.
Strings Gold and Black Metal Vanity Table with Mirror by Nika Zupanc
By Scarlet Splendour, Nika Zupanc
Located in Kolkata, IN
Strings gold and black metal vanity table with mirror by Nika Zupanc, is a vanity table with a surprising form - its circular metal drawers with a large mirror look stunning with the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal

Art Deco Streamline Modern Machine Age Chrome Maple and Black Make Up Vanity
By Royal Chrome, Troy Sunshade Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous Art Deco, Streamline Modern, Machine Age, Art Moderne, International style, or Bauhaus make up vanity in chrome and maple with a black top which is possibly made of one of t...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Vanities

Materials

Chrome

Chinoiserie Ebonized Wood, Fall-Front Vanity
Located in Buchanan, MI
Chinoiserie Ebonized Wood Fall Front Vanity. Bearing a mirror, atop two drawers. With a drop front desk.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Vanities

Materials

Lacquer, Mirror, Wood

Precious Vanity, rattan and synthetic fibers, Art Modern
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Precious vanity rattan and synthetic fibers, unique pieces directed by a Team of Artisans of French Art. Measures: H 145cm, W 100cm, W 65cm.
Category

2010s French Modern Vanities

Materials

Rattan

Lift Top Louis XVI Style Lady's Vanity
Located in Woodbury, CT
Dating from the Victorian era, this Louis XVI lift top vanity is made of rosewood, satinwood and ebony. The lift top marquetry decorated with swirls and arabesques, and a central urn...
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Antique Late 19th Century French High Victorian Vanities

Materials

Brass

  • Lift Top Louis XVI Style Lady's Vanity
  • Lift Top Louis XVI Style Lady's Vanity
  • Lift Top Louis XVI Style Lady's Vanity
  • Lift Top Louis XVI Style Lady's Vanity
H 29.5 in. W 22 in. D 16.5 in.
1970s Modern Italian Chrome and Glass Vanity Table & Seat
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful midcentury Italian vanity table and stool set from the 1970s. Architectural in the design of a column of ten tiers of chrome bars. Each tier is supported by small round c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Chrome

Italian 1970s Modern Chrome and Glass Vanity Table & Stool
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Italian vanity table and stool set from the 1970s. Architectural in the design of a column of ten tiers of chrome bars. Each tier is supported by small round chrome rods ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Vanities

Materials

Chrome

French Art Deco Vanity or Desk Attributed to Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Burbank, CA
Stunning vintage Art Deco vanity or desk attributed to Jacques Adnet in France, circa 1960s. This piece has an exceptional design since the structure has four slim legs and chrome sp...
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Maitland Smith Fossil Stone Inlaid Bronze Mount Vanity /Ladies Desk
By Maitland Smith
Located in Westport, CT
Maitland smith Fossil stone inlaid, bronze mount and curved design vanity table/ladies desk, elegant flair design curved legs and 4 felt lined draws.
Category

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Precious Stone

Black and Gold Vanity Bath Vessel
Located in New York, NY
A vanity bath vessel in a matte black/dark charcoal grey and gold ceramic by L'Objet. Piece measures: 3" diameter x 3.75" height.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Bathroom Fixtures

Materials

Ceramic

Davidson's Contemporary, "Chrysler" Dressing Table, in American Black Walnut
By Davidson
Located in London, GB
The Chrysler’s top and plinth base have been finished in a brilliant American black walnut, sitting strikingly alongside the table’s dazzling white gold leaf body. Together, these co...
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2010s British Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Marble Vanity Sink Top
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Vintage marble vanity sink top with newly drilled holes to accommodate modern fixtures. Some rust stains.
Category

Early 20th Century American Bathroom Fixtures

Materials

Marble

  • Vintage Marble Vanity Sink Top
  • Vintage Marble Vanity Sink Top
  • Vintage Marble Vanity Sink Top
  • Vintage Marble Vanity Sink Top
H 10 in. W 28 in. D 22 in.
Half Circle Deco Dressing Table Model Used Lucille Ball
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
Mahogany vanity, model used by Lucille Ball, in a high gloss hand rubbed finish with black lacquer wood pulls. Sliding recessed glass top extension.
Category

Vintage 1930s American Vanities

Materials

Mahogany

French Art Deco Dressing Table
Located in Pompano Beach, FL
French Art Deco walnut dressing table with large mirror, one center drawer and five drawers down right side.
Category

Vintage 1930s French Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Walnut

  • French Art Deco Dressing Table
  • French Art Deco Dressing Table
  • French Art Deco Dressing Table
  • French Art Deco Dressing Table
H 65 in. W 56 in. D 16 in.
Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An ebonized and polished dark mahogany telephone cabinet or vanity table having a storage drawer and an innovative fold-out bench.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Mahogany

  • Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
  • Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
  • Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
  • Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
H 31 in. W 22 in. D 15 in.
Cloè Beauty, Contemporary Beauty by Fabio Arcaini, Lacquered, Leather
Located in Modugno, IT
Cloè has side panels covered in handmade crossed leather with metal frames in gold. The top is lacquered with opening compartment for storing beauty accessories. It includes a beauti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Vanities

Materials

Leather, Velvet, Lacquer

French Empire Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany Dressing Table with Arched Tilted Mirror
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A French Empire period ormolu-mounted mahogany psyché dressing table from the early 19th century in neoclassical style. The rectangular black marble top is surmounted by an arched ti...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Vanities

Materials

Ormolu, Brass

Caribbean Mahogany Five Drawer Dressing Table with Barley Twist Legs. Circa 1815
Located in Charleston, SC
Caribbean mahogany two piece five drawer dressing table with acanthus carved stiles, original wood knobs, adjustable mirror with wood back, and terminating on turned ringed barley t...
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Antique 1810s Caribbean Regency Vanities

Materials

Poplar, Mirror, Mahogany

Vanity Sculpted Vase, Dessislava Madanska
By Dessislava Madanska
Located in Geneve, CH
Vanity sculpted vase - Dessislava Madanska Onedesignspace Title: “Vanity”-Architectural fantasies Object: Vase Dimensions: W 24 x D 24 x H 34 cm Materials: arsh wood, sandblaste...
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2010s English Organic Modern Vases

Materials

Brass

  • Vanity Sculpted Vase, Dessislava Madanska
  • Vanity Sculpted Vase, Dessislava Madanska
  • Vanity Sculpted Vase, Dessislava Madanska
  • Vanity Sculpted Vase, Dessislava Madanska
H 13.39 in. W 9.45 in. D 9.45 in.
Avant Garde Custom Handcrafted Semi-Precious Stone Bathroom Sink
Located in Houston, TX
This extraordinary wedding gift was custom handcrafted and given as part of the gifts by the bride's family to the groom. The vanity is made of hand carved teak wood with inside pai...
Category

20th Century Indian Anglo Raj Vanities

Materials

Agate

Art Deco Style Enamel Vanity
Located in Vancouver, BC
Art deco style vanity with upholstered stool and round mirror. Good overall condition, minor wear consistent with age and regular use.
Category

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal

  • Art Deco Style Enamel Vanity
  • Art Deco Style Enamel Vanity
  • Art Deco Style Enamel Vanity
  • Art Deco Style Enamel Vanity
H 50 in. W 44.5 in. D 18 in.
Paola Buffa Attributed Lacquered Vanity
By Paolo Buffa
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
A beautiful lacquered and reeded wood vanity with adjustable mirror and glass shelf attributed to Paolo Buffa. Generous lower shelf and second upper glass shelf. Italy, Late 1940s.  
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

  • Paola Buffa Attributed Lacquered Vanity
  • Paola Buffa Attributed Lacquered Vanity
  • Paola Buffa Attributed Lacquered Vanity
  • Paola Buffa Attributed Lacquered Vanity
H 54 in. W 47.5 in. D 16 in.
Art Deco Modernist Vanity by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Geneva, CH
Modernist vanity, top covered with mirrored glass, three drawers opening to the front. Black lacquered wooden side supports, bases adorned with chrome trim. (Model created in 1938...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vanities

Art Deco Modernist Vanity by Jacques Adnet
H 28.35 in. W 55.12 in. D 20.67 in.
Paul McCobb Planner Group Flip Top Vanity
By Paul McCobb
Located in New York, NY
Paul McCobb Planner Group flip-top vanity, circa 1950s in fully restored condition. Vanity is meant to hover between two McCobb Planner Group case pieces, but can sit on top of any M...
Category

20th Century American Vanities

Materials

Brass

Beautiful 1900s Middle Eastern Mother of Pearl Vanity and Mirror
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Beautiful 19th century Middle Eastern mother of pearl vanity and mirror. Old Syrian wedding chest Re- purposed into a sink vanity and mirror set. The chest is walnut and mother of pe...
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Antique Early 1900s Moroccan Vanities

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl

Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Caviuna Vanity with Brass Details
By Giuseppe Scapinelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A caviuna wood vanity from Brazil with mirror from Brazil, attributed to Giuseppe Scapinelli. The legs are sculptural carved solid wood and the pulls are newly polished brass. Wood h...
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Vanity or Dressing Table with Large Round Mirror
Located in Mount Penn, PA
An Art Deco vanity or dressing table, circa 1930s in beechwood with large round mirror, curved drawers, apple juice bakelite hardware and single glass insert that pulls out for cosme...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Amazing & Rare Art Deco Shagreen Maurice Dufrene Vanity with Matching Bench
By Maurice Dufrêne
Located in Mount Penn, PA
An Incredible Art Deco Maurice Dufrene vanity with white shagreen surface, Black lacquered frame and celluloid accents. The Matching Bench is black lacquered with Black Velvet Uphols...
Category

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Shagreen, Wood

Koi Brass and Black Marble Double Washbasin by Maison Valentina from Europe
By Maison Valentina, Bella Loco
Located in Sydney, NSW
Koi carp is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture, highly appreciated by its decorative purposes, not only in water gardens but also in Irezumi practice or, most commonly, in tattoo...
Category

2010s Portuguese Vanities

Materials

Marble, Brass

English Washstand
Located in Geneva, IL
English washstand with three drawers.
Category

Antique Early 1900s Vanities

  • English Washstand
  • English Washstand
  • English Washstand
  • English Washstand
H 34.375 in. W 17.75 in. D 18 in.
Charles X Mahogany Empire Dressing Table, France, circa 1820
Located in Alexandria, VA
This Empire dressing table has a marble top and ormolu (gilt brass) mounts and knobs. The piece is French polished mahogany and figured mahogany veneer with oak secondary wood. The t...
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Antique 1820s French Charles X Vanities

Wool Felt and Gold Braid Skirted Dressing Table with Antique French Mirror Top
Located in Savannah, GA
19th century French mirror with old glass and gold leaf frame forms the top of this purpose-built custom dressing table. The fabric skirt is lined grey wool with Samuel and Sons gold...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Vanities

"Cage for Birds" Dressing Table
By Faye Toogood
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A dressing table made from enclosed steel mesh with three pivoting mirrors backed in iridescent glass and an oil-finish steel tabletop. Features a recessed leather jewellery box an...
Category

2010s British Vanities

Materials

Steel

"Cage for Birds" Dressing Table
H 55.12 in. W 49.22 in. D 27.56 in.
Victorian Shaving Mirror Stand
Located in Hudson, NY
Victorian shaving mirror with beautiful cast iron legs.
Category

Antique 19th Century North American Victorian Vanities

Materials

Iron

  • Victorian Shaving Mirror Stand
  • Victorian Shaving Mirror Stand
  • Victorian Shaving Mirror Stand
  • Victorian Shaving Mirror Stand
H 60 in. W 19 in. D 19 in.
George III Period Dressing Table
Located in Dallas, TX
an 18th century Georgian period / Chippendale style table / desk / vanity of mahogany closed it is a table with recessed detail on apron, straight legs and block feet, top lifts t...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century English George III Vanities

Materials

Mahogany, Mirror

  • George III Period Dressing Table
  • George III Period Dressing Table
  • George III Period Dressing Table
  • George III Period Dressing Table
H 31.5 in. W 32.5 in. D 22 in.
Exquisite Tessellated Bone and Goatskin Vanity and Chair by Enrique Garcel
By Enrique Garcel
Located in San Diego, CA
Exquisite Deco Revival Tessellated Bone and Goatskin Vanity and matching Chair signed by designer, Enrique Garcel which functions also as a writing table or petite desk. Superb for s...
Category

Vintage 1970s Colombian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Bone, Goatskin

Black Vanity / American
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Black lacquer vanity with single drawer and tubular metal legs.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Vanities

Materials

Metal

Black Stained Ash Daiku Vanity Table by Victoria Magniant
By Victoria Magniant
Located in Paris, FR
Ideal for tiny spaces, this vanity table, with it's removable mirror, integrated plug and push-pull drawer, can easily be transformed into a home desk. Celebrating the natural beaut...
Category

2010s Latvian Modern Vanities

Materials

Ash

Black Stained Ash Daiku Vanity Table by Victoria Magniant
By Victoria Magniant
Located in Paris, FR
Ideal for tiny spaces, this vanity table, with it's removable mirror, integrated plug and push-pull drawer, can easily be transformed into a home desk. Celebrating the natural beaut...
Category

2010s Latvian Modern Vanities

Materials

Ash

Italian 1960s Black Glass and Brass Vanity Table
Located in London, GB
Feminine vintage 1960s black glass vanity table with brass angled mirror supported by decorative scroll detail. Single drawer. Matching Italian 1960s brass stool sold separately (s...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Mahogany ,Black lacquer and glass Desk/Vanity by Gilbert Rohde
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany with black lacquer
Category

20th Century Vanities

Grey Black-Green Cut Stone Tile Vanity Table by Maitland Smith
Located in New York, NY
An elegant neoclassical form vanity dressing table tiled with hand cut grey black- green polished stones, brass banding and fittings by Maitland Smith. American, circa 1970
Category

Vintage 1970s American Vanities

Materials

Stone, Brass

Primitive Adirondack Vanity Table and Bench
Located in Dallas, TX
1940s Primitive carved vanity table and bench. These pieces have a warm aged patina due to age and use, circa 1940s Dimensions: 41" W x 25" D x 55" T table height 26.5 26" W x 1...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Hourglass Vanity in the Style of Ponti
By Gio Ponti
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A ebony toned wood vanity with satin black hourglass shaped top, two drawers that have swag styled pewter pulls and long conical legs with brass end caps. In the form of a Italian ma...
Category

Mid-20th Century Unknown Modern Vanities

  • Hourglass Vanity in the Style of Ponti
  • Hourglass Vanity in the Style of Ponti
  • Hourglass Vanity in the Style of Ponti
  • Hourglass Vanity in the Style of Ponti
H 29.25 in. W 52 in. D 29.25 in.
G-Plan Art Deco Style Modern Vanity with Dual Brass Swivel Mirrors Black / White
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, G-Plan
Located in Houston, TX
Slightly curved modern vanity with with two brass mirrors that sit atop. Made in England circa 1960s. The finish is original and in nice vintage condition. For perfection please inqu...
Category

Vintage 1960s British Art Deco Vanities

Materials

Brass

Gio Ponti Black Lacquered Vanity Desk Table Two Drawers from Hotel PdP Roma 1965
By Gio Ponti, Giordano Chiesa
Located in Rome, IT
Elegant and rare Gio Ponti black toilette, vanity table - dressing table produced by Giordano Chiesa for the Hotel Parco Dei Principi in Rome, 1965 Black lacquered Italian ash, b...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Brass

Vanity by Dutch Modernist H.Wouda, 1924
By Hendrik Wouda, H.Pander & Zonen
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modernist yellow vanity, Hendrik Wouda, H. Pander & Zonen, Netherlands, 1924. Painted pine, marble, silk. The Interbellum, the period between the two World Wars, was a time whe...
Category

Vintage 1920s Dutch Modern Vanities

Materials

Belgian Black Marble

  • Vanity by Dutch Modernist H.Wouda, 1924
  • Vanity by Dutch Modernist H.Wouda, 1924
  • Vanity by Dutch Modernist H.Wouda, 1924
  • Vanity by Dutch Modernist H.Wouda, 1924
H 70.87 in. W 37.41 in. L 70.87 in.
'Dilly Dally' Modular Vanity Table and Chair
By Luigi Massoni, Poltrona Frau
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Luigi Massoni for Poltrona Frau, 'Dilly Dally' vanity set, Metal, mirror, leatherette, fiberglass, Italy, 1968. Make-up table designed by the Italian designer Luigi Massoni in 196...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vanities

Materials

Metal

  • 'Dilly Dally' Modular Vanity Table and Chair
  • 'Dilly Dally' Modular Vanity Table and Chair
  • 'Dilly Dally' Modular Vanity Table and Chair
  • 'Dilly Dally' Modular Vanity Table and Chair
H 29.14 in. W 25.6 in. L 29.14 in.
1940s Grosfeld House Desk/Console Art Deco Vanity
By Grosfeld House
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful 1940s mirrored and gesso wood desk/console/vanity with two drawers by the famed Grosfeld House.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Vanities

Materials

Mirror, Plaster, Wood

Napoleon III French Solid Mahogany Dresser, Vanity, circa 1850
Located in Dallas, TX
Using exotic imported Solid Mahogany, the artisans who crafted this excellent Napoleon III period French dresser, vanity were true artists in their field! Rounded sides are very appe...
Category

Antique 1850s French Napoleon III Vanities

French Empire 19th Century Bronze and Mahogony Vanity Table
Located in Tarrytown, NY
19th Century French Empire Vanity Table
Category

Antique 19th Century Vanities

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Black Bathroom Vanity For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the black bathroom vanity you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each black bathroom vanity for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and glass. If you’re shopping for a black bathroom vanity, we have 87 options in-stock, while there are 13 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a black bathroom vanity — find older editions for sale from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A black bathroom vanity is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Modern styles are sought with frequency. A well-made black bathroom vanity has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Grosfeld House, Poltrona Frau and Jacques Adnet are consistently popular.

How Much is a Black Bathroom Vanity?

Prices for a black bathroom vanity start at $150 and top out at $47,011 with the average selling for $3,472.

Finding the Right Vanities for You

Vintage, new and antique vanity tables have forever felt like personal, intimate sanctuaries of sorts, designed to introduce a level of serenity that feels rare and welcome in our otherwise frenetic days. They’ve been variously known as dressing tables or makeup tables over the years, but no matter what we call them — and whether it's a sophisticated contemporary piece or an iconic vintage Luigi Massoni vanity — vanities have offered a special place for us to get ready for work, an early-morning appointment or lunch date or whatever lies ahead.

“Beauty routines, taking the time to protect what you have, a moment to accessorize, a moment to pause and slow down — these are all so important now as an antidote to our fast and hectic lives,” says Oona Bannon, creative director of Pinch Design in Clapham, South London. “Just thinking about a dressing table makes me feel calm.”

When decorative boxes would no longer suffice as repositories for cosmetics, fragrant oils and perfumes, dressing tables originated in France and England during the 17th century. Men who called the latter home used “shaving tables” — a proto-dressing table — for their grooming routines while women found in dressing tables an oasis for applying makeup, particularly as improvements upon vanity tables equipped them with mirrors and lighting. In the United States, as vanity tables became a seamless component of bedroom furniture, furniture makers working in Chippendale, Rococo and other styles were regularly commissioned to produce these popular items.

Vanity tables have evolved over the years, and while there is lots to love about the ornate carving and pronounced curvilinear forms of Victorian vanities, the clean lines that characterize mid-century modern vanities and the decorative flourishes associated with Art Deco vanities, the main elements of this furnishing are the same. All vanities are about as tall as a standard table with room for seating furniture, which tends to be a small bench, a stool or an armless chair. Many also have special organization features for makeup. Without a chair and a mirror, a vanity would resemble a dresser.

Nowadays, vanities are more than a place to do hair and makeup. They’re a platform to display beauty products and store makeup collections. Vanities are standard in bedrooms, particularly if you’re not lucky enough to have a spacious dressing room or walk-in closet for your dressing table. The better the lighting is in your bedroom or wherever you’ve positioned your vanity table — even if you’ve opted for a moody setting versus a bright one — the more you will benefit from having this personal place of respite to prepare for the day ahead.

Find your antique, new or vintage vanity table today on 1stDibs.