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Empire Dressers

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
Empire Chest of Drawers, France 1810-1820, Cherry
Located in Belmont, MA
Empire chest of drawers, France 1810-1820. This early 19th century elegant Empire chest of drawers has a cherry veneer and is decorated with original brass...
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1810s French Antique Empire Dressers

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Cherry

Furniture in Rosewood and Violet Plated 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Called at the time -demicommode- this furniture is a medal after: Jean-François Leleu (1729 - September 3, 1807) convenient that was delivered to the bedroom of the Duchess of Bourbo...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

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Wood

French Empire Dresser "Semainier" or High Boy Dresser, 1810
Located in Belmont, MA
Introducing a stunning French Empire Dresser from 1810, featuring a classic semainier design with five drawers adorned in elegant mahogany veneer. This exquisite piece boasts a stric...
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1810s French Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Henredon French Empire Burl Wood Twelve Drawer Dresser
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Empire or Louis Philippe style twelve-drawer dresser or chest of drawers By Henredon, "Charles X" Collection USA, Late 20th Century Beautiful burl wood, with ori...
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1980s American Vintage Empire Dressers

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Brass

XX Century Empire Style Dressing Table with Ivory and Bronze
Located in Lisboa, PT
Empire Style Dressing Table, features a mirror and a small compartiment, that can be closed with a key. European made, from the 20th Century. Empire-style furniture draws its inspiration from the Napoleonic era, particularly the designs that flourished during Napoleon Bonaparte's reign in France. This style is characterized by grandeur, symmetry, and classical motifs. The use of bronze and ivory...
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Mid-20th Century European Empire Dressers

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Bronze

Dresser, Chest of Drawers, Mirror, stamped Jean-Joseph Chapuis, Brussels c. 1810
Located in Greven, DE
Antique dressing table - stamped Chapuis Brussels Mahogany Empire around 1810 Dimensions: H x W x D: 178 x 91 x 56 cm, height without mirror: 82 cm Description: Elaborately crafted early 19th century dressing table...
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Early 19th Century Belgian Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Empire Chest of Drawers With Four Drawers Made In Mahogany From 1840s
Located in Lejre, DK
This exquisite Empire chest of drawers boasts a timeless design and is crafted from rich mahogany, reflecting the elegance of the 1840s. With its stately presence and intricate deta...
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1840s Danish Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Rare Late 19th Century Flame Walnut Highboy Dresser English Empire Antique
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Rare book-matched black walnut highboy dresser circa 1890s. Professionally refinished with 100% natural non-toxic matte/satin oil finish. Four large drawers with an additional two sm...
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Late 19th Century Unknown Antique Empire Dressers

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Wood, Walnut

Baker Furniture French Empire Cherry Wood Highboy Dresser, Newly Refinished
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding French Empire style six-drawer highboy dresser chest By Baker Furniture USA, circa 1960s Gorgeous book-matched cherry wood, with original brass hardware. M...
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Mid-20th Century American Empire Dressers

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Brass

Antique American Empire Crotch Mahogany Chest Drawers Step Back Dresser Paw Feet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Empire Crotch Mahogany Chest Drawers Step Back Dresser with Paw Feet. Item features column supports, lift off upper small 3 drawer sect...
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Early 19th Century Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

BALKWILL & PATCH Antique 19th Century Empire Style Rosewood Dresser with Mirror
Located in Charlotte, NC
An antique Empire style dresser with attached mirror by Balkwill & Patch Furniture Co. Rosewood with classic Empire styling, upper gallery...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Empire Dressers

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Mirror, Rosewood

French Empire Period Commode w/Black Marble Top, Revival Accents, & Paw Feet
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire period wooden commode, with marble top and revival accents, from the early 19th century. This antique commode from France features a rectangular-shaped black marble t...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

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Wood

French Empire Artisan-Painted Commode, 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire commode, with an artisan hand-painted finish, from the 19th century. This antique chest from France has a rectangular-shaped top, which is slightly recessed upon a lo...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

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Wood

French Empire Commode with Beautiful Inlay & Bookmatched Veneer, Early 19th C.
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Empire commode with beautiful inlay and book-match veneers, from the early 19th century. This antique chest from France features a rectangular-shaped, book-match veneer top,...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

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Wood

Pair of Empire Mahogany Commodes, circa 1820
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Rectangular top above three graduated recessed drawers flanked by three quarter rounded ebonized columns raised on plinth block feet.
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19th Century Italian Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

French Empire Style Commode or Dresser with Marble Top & Bronze Lion Head Pulls
Located in Plainview, NY
An exquisite French Empire style commode or dresser offering three drawers. The commode or dresser is painted in antiqued beige tone and features lion head bronze pulls. The dresser or commode is raised by finely carved tole metal bottom showing scrolls and a large shell design in the middle. The piece is study and is finely carved while having a marble top in black , gray adding style and elegance to this timeless dresser. The French Empire style dresser...
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20th Century Empire Dressers

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Spanish Regency / Isabelina Mallorquín Commode, Marquetry Inlay
Located in Madrid, ES
Often referred to as "Mallorquín" or "Catalana" style, this type of commode evolved in the early to mid 19th century in the Spanish province of Catalonia, taking design influences from various European...
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19th Century Spanish Antique Empire Dressers

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Marble

French Empire Style Mahogany Bow Front Chest Dresser with Bronze Paw Feet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Empire style mahogany bow front chest dresser with bronze paw feet. Item features cast bronze metal paw feet, bowed front, lion head pulls, solid wo...
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Late 20th Century Empire Dressers

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Bronze

Villa Garnelo Crotch Mahogany Empire Style 4 Drawer Commode Dresser
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Villa Garnelo Crotch mahogany Empire style 4 drawer commode dresser. Item features beautiful column supports, bun feet, gold and ebonized accents, original label, 4 dovetailed drawer...
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Late 20th Century Spanish Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

19th Century Spanish Fernandino Bombe Commode & Mirror
Located in Forney, TX
A rare and magnificently decorative antique Spanish Fernandino style mahogany chest of drawers commode and mirror. Hand-crafted in Spain in the late 19th century, surmounted by the monumental dresser mirror with finely hand carved giltwood bird crest, atop flat mirror plates, framed by ornate scrolling foliates. Mounted over a mahogany bombe shaped chest accented with contrasting string banded inlay, gilded birds perched on stylized scrolled foliate, flanking four drawers. The solid wooden case fitted with a projecting frieze drawer, over three larger drawers, rising on sculptural patinated gilt wood ancient Egyptian Sphinx form front feet. Bold, dramatic and luxurious yet with an elegant warmth, and visually striking sophistication, the two piece set can be used a variety of different ways, including in the bedroom as a dresser / commode, in the dining room as a sideboard server, credenza console, or placed in the foyer as a stunning entry statement piece! Dimensions: (approx) Overall: 86.25" High, 43" Wide, 22" Deep Commode: 32.25" High, 43" Wide, 21.25" Deep Mirror: 54" High, 36.5" Wide History: Fernandino style is called the one developed in the decorative arts - especially furniture - in Spain during the reign of Fernando VII...
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Late 19th Century Spanish Antique Empire Dressers

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Mirror, Mahogany, Giltwood

Russian Empire Dressing Table with Mahogany Carvings and Gilt Bronzes
By Andrey Voronikhin
Located in Vienna, AT
The desk body is made of pine and oak with a Karelian birch veneer and the mirrored base is supported by four curved feet, embellished by an entwined patinated bronze snake with a gilt head and tail. The pad feet are supported by ebonized mahogany floor plates. The middle portion consists of five small drawers and a large desk drawer and within a manufactured mahogany interior with seven compartments and eight secret compartments as well as two movable elements, one of which is covered with velvet. The lower drawers have gilt gooseneck fittings. The mirror attachment includes a mechanism for taking the mirror plate vertically out and up to 180 degrees, which can, in turn, be fixed in almost any position. This mirror is flanked by two carved mahogany phoenixes with gilt heads and feet, and on the reverse side there are two more secret compartments in the lower area of the right as well as the left foot of the base. The Poudreuse Secretary is an exceptional example of Russian furniture of the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The depiction and symbolic arrangement of the remarkable bronze snakes and the carved phoenix is typical of the style of the important Russian architect Andrey Voronikhin (1759-1814). As well, this Poudreuse Secretary Desk has as well a similar structure to a dressing table made by the celebrated cabinetmaker (ebéniste) Heinrich Gambs...
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Early 19th Century Russian Antique Empire Dressers

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Bronze

Empire Commode, Walnut Veneered with Caryatids, Austria, Vienna circa 1810/15
Located in Regensburg, DE
Very fine original Empire commode or chest of three drawers, walnut veneered with Caryatid pilaster columns, from Austria/Vienna about 1810-15. Lovely book-matched Walnut Veneer on softwood. Excellent french polished surface. Exceptional carved caryatid pilasters depicting of temple guards...
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1810s Austrian Antique Empire Dressers

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Gold Leaf, Iron

Empire Chest of Drawers
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Empire fruit wood chest of drawers with gilt bronze hardware and ebonized columns, 19th century. No keys.
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19th Century European Antique Empire Dressers

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Bronze

Antique French Empire Mahogany Commode with Lion Paw Feet, French Polished
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Commode with wonderful lion paw feet, in the Empire style, although we have seen this style referred to as restoration as well. Old plank has a history of purchasing anything with animal related feet and especially the lion paw style. Just take a peek at our lion paw sofa...
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1890s French Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Empire Armoire, Walnut Veneer, Full Columns, Brass, Vienna, circa 1815
Located in Regensburg, DE
Elegant large Empire or early Biedermeier armoire with original brass hardware and gorgeous walnut veneer. The armoire has a beautiful book-matched walnut veneer and is shellac hand-polished (French Polish). The doors inside are counter veneered in cherry wood. Two ebonized full-columns with corinthian brass...
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Empire Dressers

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Brass

French Empire Mahogany Small Chest
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style late 19th century mahogany small chest with 4 drawers and bronze trim with a black marble top.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

Empire Commode, Denmark 1810
Located in Belmont, MA
Elegant Empire commode, Denmark 1810-20, mahogany veneer. In very good refinished condition, French polished. The commode will be shipped from Germany, shipping costs to Boston are i...
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1810s Danish Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

French Empire Style Mahogany Chest with Green Marble Top
Located in New York, NY
French Empire style (20th Century) mahogany chest with 4 drawers and green marble top with gilt bronze handles and trim
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20th Century Empire Dressers

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Marble

Italian Empire Perspective Marquetry Commode, Circle of Giuseppe Maffezzoli
By Giovanni Battista Maffezzoli
Located in Troy, NY
The Commode of Rare Classical Neoclassical Form, with a beautiful warm color is a wonderful example of perspective marquetry, in the tradition of Giuseppe Maggiolini and his pupil Giovanni Maffezzoli; most likely made by Tommaso Pezzoni (who learned his trade in the workshop of Maffezzoli) in the early 19th century. Inlaid top with a center-roundel showing a youth reclining on a chaise in front of a classical temple, above four drawers, the fronts forming an architectural, perspective scene showing buildings and ruins, fountains, sculptures and a boy resting on a toppled column accompanied by a playing dog, flanked by caryatids topped with gilt bronze classical heads and ending in gilt bronze feet. The sides featuring medallions with urns. Intricate inlaid borders framing each scene. Square inlaid block feet. Constructed of solid walnut and inlaid with various exotic woods (including olive wood, boxwood, amaranth, palm wood). For a very similar commode see: Enrico Colle, "Italian Empire Furniture...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Empire Dressers

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Walnut

American Empire Gothic Mahogany Dressing Table
Located in New York, NY
American Empire Gothic design mahogany dressing table on carved pedestal base with mirror and drawers.
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20th Century American Empire Dressers

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Mahogany

19th Century French Mahogany Chest of Drawers with a Dark Gray Stone Top
Located in Dallas, TX
An early 19th century French Empire mahogany commode with bronze mounts and a dark gray stone top. The chest of drawers is very handsome and functional and is in very good condition...
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1810s French Antique Empire Dressers

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Stone, Bronze

Antique Empire Chest of Drawers in Cuban Mahogany with Interior Writing Surface
Located in Miami, FL
A very fine Empire chest or commode with bowed front offering four drawers on tapered feet in the finest book-matched Cuban (West Indies) mahogany. Satinwood inlays depicting two sph...
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1810s Danish Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Empire Style Chest of Drawers with Painted Trompe L'Oeil, France, 19th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Tall French Empire-style commode. The pine wood is painted in a faux-bois trompe l'oeil imitating mahogany. Wood columns on either side are painted a darker color. The chest is in ...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Empire Dressers

A Pair of Danish Empire Style Mahogany 3-Drawer Marble Topped Bow-Front
Located in San Francisco, CA
A handsome pair of Danish empire style mahogany 3-drawer marble-topped bow-front chests with brass inlay and bronze mounts; each with thick Napoleon machete mable top above a bowed cabinet...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Dressers

Period Danish Empire Chest of Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Danish Empire - or what we would refer to as "Biedermeier" - chest of drawers. Beautifully inlaid with walnut and golden birch. Key included.

Engraved on back "Renov...
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19th Century Danish Antique Empire Dressers

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Mahogany, Birch, Walnut

Antique French Empire Mahogany Commode with Lion Paw Feet, Marble Top, Restored
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French Empire style Commode or some may describe our Lion Paw Foot Commode as from the Restauration period, which was predominantly Neoclassicism. Our Old Plank restoration department completely rebuilt the drawers and the entire frame, but restrained from refinishing the mahogany. We of course enhanced the Original French Lion Paw Commodes...
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1860s French Antique Empire Dressers

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Marble, Brass

Empire dressers for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire dressers for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Late 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage dressers created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, mahogany and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire dressers made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Denmark pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original dressers, popular names associated with this style include Baker Furniture Company, Coduri of Lyon, France, and Villa Garnelo Internacional. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for dressers differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,035 and tops out at $95,000 while the average work can sell for $4,960.

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