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Decorative Dresser, Hand Painted, Brass, Cabinet, Hollywood Regency, Green
By Tommi Parzinger
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Beautiful hand painted dresser with nine drawers and brass hardware.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

English Painted Welsh Dresser
Located in Wilson, NC
The top of this Welsh dresser is painted with fresh baked bread on a bread board with wine bottles and grapes in the background and mortar and pestle with herbs garnished with flower...
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Vintage 1910s Welsh Dressers

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Brass

  • English Painted Welsh Dresser
  • English Painted Welsh Dresser
  • English Painted Welsh Dresser
  • English Painted Welsh Dresser
H 83.75 in. W 50 in. D 17.5 in.
Hand Painted Victorian Distressed Green Dresser Bookcase or Kitchen Cupboard
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this very well made hand painted distressed Victorian kitchen cupboard with bookcase top, cupboard base and single cutlery drawer A beautiful ex...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Dressers

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Oak

Monterey Four Drawer Dresser, Hand Painted Western Motif, Hand Crafted Oak
By Monterey Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rancho Monterey four drawer dresser / chest of drawers. Hand crafted and hand hammered pulls. Good condition with a significant blemish on the top as seen in the photos. It is made o...
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Vintage 1940s American Rancho Monterey Dressers

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Metal

Deco Style Dresser Hand Painted in the manner of Sonia Delaunay Motif
Located in New York, NY
A simple midcentury cabinet with curved corners reminiscent of Art Deco forms is re-imagined by decorative painter Dean Barger, who adapted a Sonia Delaunay painting, wrapping the pi...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Dressers

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Metal

Black Lacquer Hand Painted Chinoiserie Dresser with Mother of Pearl Figures
By Edward Wormley, James Mont
Located in Chattanooga, TN
This incomparable chinoiserie black lacquer dresser depicts 12 mother of pearl figures in various tai chi poses. What more can you ask for really? As if that's not enough, there's pl...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Dressers

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Brass

Mid Century Painted Venetian Diminutive Dresser with Marbled Top
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 4-drawer dresser circa 1940 with hand painted flowers and paneled sides. Signed and labeled on back, Made In Italy. Marbled top adds to it's artistic elegance. Great size fo...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Renaissance Revival Dressers

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Brass

1970's Swedish Chest of Drawers in Hand Painted Ivory Wood
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Swedish vintage chest of drawers. Fitted with three large spacious drawers. The chest features canted corners a prominent detail of Gustavian furniture, and has carved wood sides cre...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Gustavian Dressers

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Nickel

Edwardian Bamboo Dresser
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Brilliantly lacquered with fine gilt pen work. The piece is dramatic in detail and style. The dresser is fitted with 3 drawers and accented with bold brass hardware.
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Early 20th Century English Edwardian Dressers

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Lacquer, Bamboo, Mirror

  • Edwardian Bamboo Dresser
  • Edwardian Bamboo Dresser
  • Edwardian Bamboo Dresser
  • Edwardian Bamboo Dresser
H 58.5 in. W 31 in. D 18 in.
Antique French Vaisselier Dresser
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Wonderful little 18th century original painted French Vaisselier dresser, 1770 Dimensions 35.5 inches (90 cms) wide 10.5 inches (27 cms) deep 44 inches (112 cms) high.  
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Antique 18th Century French Dressers

Materials

Pine

  • Antique French Vaisselier Dresser
  • Antique French Vaisselier Dresser
  • Antique French Vaisselier Dresser
  • Antique French Vaisselier Dresser
H 44 in. W 33.5 in. D 10.5 in.
Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Dresser in Solid Wood
By Jorge Elizondo
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Crafted with solid wood and a colorful facade, this modern dresser showcases an organic yet stylish silhouette flaunting straight clean lines. Six drawers open to reveal generous sto...
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2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Mid-Century White Lacquered Dresser
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary mid-century modern dresser handcrafted out of walnut wood and features a new walnut & white color combination with a semi-gloss lacquered finish. The chest comes wit...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

  • Mid-Century White Lacquered Dresser
  • Mid-Century White Lacquered Dresser
  • Mid-Century White Lacquered Dresser
  • Mid-Century White Lacquered Dresser
H 32.75 in. W 70.25 in. D 20.5 in.
Habersham Plantation Hand Painted Trompe L'oeil Provincial Chest of Drawers
By Habersham
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Habersham Plantation hand painted Trompe L'oeil Provincial chest of drawers, Dresser. MSRP for custom pieces such as this from Habersham hover around the 10-12,000 USD region. Habe...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Dressers

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Wood

Contemporary Satin Silver and Darkened Wood Moldings Dresser by Luis Pons
By Luis Pons
Located in Miami, FL
Finest crafted satin silver and darkened wood moldings are applied to conceal drawers and acting as handles on the dresser. The process to achieve the finish of the dresser is the re...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Dressers

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Metal

Swedish 19th Century Gustavian Style Two-Drawer Dresser with Brass Hardware
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century Gustavian style two-drawer dresser with brass hardware. EUR 175 delivery to most areas of London UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Northern Germ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Dressers

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Brass

Minton Hand Painted Ornithological 13 Piece Dessert Service- C. Dresser
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This amazing 13 piece hand painted ornithological dessert service is painted in the "Aesthetic Movement Style" with each exotic bird realistically represented in it's natural landsca...
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Antique 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Dinner Plates

Materials

Porcelain, Paste

18th Century New England Blue Painted Pine Chest of Drawers
Located in Essex, MA
An 18th century New England blue painted chest of drawers in pine, the moulded top over five graduated thumb-moulded drawers, with bats wing brass pulls, all raised on an old, but la...
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Antique 18th Century American American Colonial Dressers

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Pine

19th Century English Regency Chest of Drawers Later Custom Painted
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is an exquisite marriage of transforming a period English Regency chest of drawers into a contemporary, highly decorative piece, painted over-all in an olive green palate. The p...
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Dressers

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Wood

Pair of Painted Gustavian Swedish Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Custom made Swedish Rococo style chest of drawers with wonderfully curvaceous serpentine drawers and fluted sides painted a bluish grey. Two identical pieces available.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Rococo Dressers

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Wood

Christopher Dresser for Perry & Co Painted Metal Chamberstick, 1885
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very rare Perry & Co handled metal chamberstick painted in green designed by Dr Christopher Dresser and dated 1885. This stylish chamberstick has a pressed metal wide inverted bowl...
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Antique 19th Century English Arts and Crafts More Candle Holders

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Sheet Metal

Custom Milano Mystic Chest of 6 Drawers by Ercole Home
By Ercole Home
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Custom Milano Mystic chest of 6 drawers by Ercole Home is six drawer dresser. There is on top one long pencil drawer, below that is a medium size drawer, and the bottom drawer is...
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2010s American Dressers

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Oak, Glass, Art Glass

Custom Mid-Century Modern Italian Glass and Brass Chest of Drawers
Located in Miami, FL
Unique, hand made, reverse painted glass and brass Italian chest of drawers, can be used as credenza, sideboard or buffet also. This one of a kind case piece was custom made for an e...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

1830 Pine Chest of Drawers in Original Finish
Located in Surrey, BC
Great classic chest that is was found in Nova Scotia. These examples were done by a well trained shop in the early 19th century and are only found in this area. However most have bee...
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Antique Early 19th Century Canadian Country Dressers

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Pine

Baroque Style White Washed Commode
Located in Great Barrington, MA
The strong visual appeal of this handsome yet relaxed Swedish style chest of drawers has a lightly painted white washed paint and clean curved lines. The scalloped contours of the to...
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Late 20th Century American Baroque Dressers

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Wood

  • Baroque Style White Washed Commode
  • Baroque Style White Washed Commode
  • Baroque Style White Washed Commode
  • Baroque Style White Washed Commode
H 35.50 in. W 43 in. D 20 in.
White Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These Mid-Century chests of drawers crafted out of wood faux leather have been newly restored and have newly painted an ivory color with lacquer finished. This vintage parchment comm...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Faux Leather, Wood, Maple, Plywood, Lacquer, Paint

  • White Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
  • White Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
  • White Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
  • White Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers
H 29.5 in. W 40 in. D 22 in.
Pair of 1960s Mid-Century Chest of Drawers
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary pair of 1960's mid-century american of martinsville cabinets hand-crafted out of wood are in great condition and have been fully restored by our professional craftsm...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Metal

Christopher Dresser Attributed Aesthetic Movement Terracotta Bowl
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish aesthetic movement terracotta bowl with slip applied floral designs in the manner of Watcombe and design attributed to Christopher Dresser dating from around 1880. Thi...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Decorative Bowls

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Terracotta

Christopher Dresser Attributed Aesthetic Movement Terracotta Vase
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish aesthetic movement terracotta vase with slip applied floral designs in the manner of Watcombe and design attributed to Christopher Dresser dating from around 1880. Thi...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Vases

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Terracotta

Christopher Dresser for William Brownfield Aesthetic Movement Japanesque Jug
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An exceptional and scarce William Brownfield Aesthetic Movement porcelain jug decorated in the Japanesque taste by Christopher Dresser and dated 1878. This very finely made jug is de...
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Antique 1870s English Aesthetic Movement Ceramics

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Ceramic

Aesthetic Movement Japanesque Cabinet Plate Attributed to Christopher Dresser
By Christopher Dresser
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very fine Aesthetic Movement porcelain cabinet plate decorated in the Japanesque style attributed to Christopher Dresser and dated 1877. The plate, possibly Minton, is finely made ...
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Antique 1870s English Aesthetic Movement Porcelain

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Porcelain

Dr Christopher Dresser attributed, An Aesthetic Movement Ebonised Music Cabinet
By Christopher Dresser
Located in London, GB
Dr Christopher Dresser (attributed), an Aesthetic Movement ebonised music cabinet with six painted panels attributed to Moyr Smith, the upper pair in the shape of crosses with painte...
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Antique Late 19th Century British Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

Hand Painted Yellow Chinoiserie Chest of Drawers Dresser
Located in West Hartford, CT
Exquisite hand painted yellow chinoiserie bombe chest with gorgeous painted scenes at front, top and sides. Solid wood construction with dovetailed drawers and red interior paint. Qu...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pretty Limoges France Hand Painted Vanity or Dresser Porcelain Trinket Box
By Limoges
Located in Tustin, CA
Collectible and very unique, Limoges porcelain miniature trinket box is handmade and hand painted in France and features a very detailed vanity or dresser with attached mirror and a ...
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Late 20th Century French French Provincial Decorative Boxes

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Porcelain

Antique Dresden Hand Painted & Gilt Porcelain Bombe Form Dresser Box, 19th C
By Dresden Porcelain
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique German Dresden dresser box offers bombe chest form with hand painted applied floral elements and gilt highlights throughout, hand numbered on base as photographed, 19th ce...
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Antique 19th Century German Victorian Jewelry Boxes

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Porcelain

French Gilt Bronze Hand Painted Portrait of Fabiola Dresser Box
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is an hexagonal shaped patinated bronze vanity box enfolded in the interior with a delicate fabric. It has a hand painted portrait of Fabiola, she was a member of a wealthy Roma...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Jewelry Boxes

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Bronze

Antique French Bronze & Enamel Ladies Dresser Set with Hand Painted Portraits
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique ladies dresser set has no maker's marks but presumed to have been made in approximately 1900 in the 'Louis XVI' style. This seven piece set includes two brushes, a handl...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Collectible Jewelry

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Bronze

Antique Victorian Enamel Painted Wavecrest Art Glass Dresser Jar
By CF Monroe
Located in Stamford, CT
Victorian box in very good original condition except for the missing inner silk liner, circa 1890s. The cover retains the original silk. The brass collar retains its original gold gi...
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Antique 1890s American Victorian Jewelry Boxes

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Glass

Ogdens Of Manchester. An Aesthetic Movement Ebonized & Parcel Gilt Nursing Chair
By Christopher Dresser
Located in London, GB
Ogdens of Manchester. Attributed to Dr Christopher Dresser. Aesthetic Movement ebonised and parcel gilt walnut nursing chair, with a carved lotus flower, and ring turned legs with or...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Chairs

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Walnut, Giltwood

Swedish 19th Century Black Painted Four Drawer Dresser
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century four drawer black painted chest of drawer. EUR 175 front door delivery to most areas of London UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Northern Germany.
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Pine

Le Tallec Dresser Box Painted with 4 Bouquets & Embellished with Raised Gilding
Located in Boston, MA
This is an exquisite Le Tallec dresser or jewelry box. It is decorated with four flower bouquets and is embellished with a filigree of raised gilding on all its sides and its top. On...
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Vintage 1960s French Rococo Decorative Boxes

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Porcelain

Pine Welsh Dresser
Located in Wilson, NC
This pine Welsh dresser was painted at a later date with birds and still life scenes. It is signed:”S. Finch and Son.1897”. The date painted is inaccurate for the age of the piece. ...
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Vintage 1950s English Cupboards

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Brass

  • Pine Welsh Dresser
  • Pine Welsh Dresser
  • Pine Welsh Dresser
  • Pine Welsh Dresser
H 69.25 in. W 32 in. D 17.5 in.
Illusion Dresser by Luis Pons
By Luis Pons
Located in Geneve, CH
Illusion dresser by Luis Pons Dimensions: W 91.5 x D 53.5 x H 112 cm Materials: Glass, metal, wood, bronzed, hand-crafted, cold-painted Also available in different colors The...
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2010s American Modern Cabinets

Materials

Metal

  • Illusion Dresser by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser by Luis Pons
H 44.1 in. W 36.03 in. D 21.07 in.
Illusion Dresser Mirror by Luis Pons
By Luis Pons
Located in Geneve, CH
Illusion dresser mirror by Luis Pons Dimensions: W 119 x D 53 x H 76 cm Materials: Glass, metal, wood, bronzed,hand-crafted, painted Also available in different colors. The t...
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2010s American Modern Cabinets

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Metal

  • Illusion Dresser Mirror by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser Mirror by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser Mirror by Luis Pons
  • Illusion Dresser Mirror by Luis Pons
H 29.93 in. W 46.86 in. D 20.87 in.
Camille Le Tallec Porcelain Rectangular Dresser Box
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a gilded hand painted elongated hinged box. It is decorated with a garland of flowers & festoon of branches of parsley leaves. Inside the lid, there is a single rose hand pai...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Jewelry Boxes

Materials

Porcelain

Vintage Lacquered Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary 1960's Mid-Century Modern credenza made out of maple wood, is newly stained in a red & ebonized color combination with lacquer finish and has been professionally res...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Magnificent Sideboard / Dresser / Dressing Table Baroque, 20th Century
Located in Berlin, DE
Magnificent sideboard / dresser / dressing table Baroque, 20th century Body made of solid beechwood, finely carved, painted cream and gold-plated. Chest of drawers flanked by ful...
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20th Century French Sideboards

Materials

Beech

Swedish 19th Century Vanity Dresser with Three Drawers
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th century vanity dresser with three drawers The drawers are lined with brass lists and Louis Seize style bronze hardware. EUR 175 delivery to most areas of London UK, Th...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Louis XVI Vanities

Materials

Brass

Shabby Chic Finish 5 Drawers Paul McCobb Dresser with Cone Pulls
By Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Super nice shabby chic finish five drawers Paul McCobb tall dresser bachelor chest.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Birch

Contemporary Crafted Silver and Darkened Wood Molding Dresser by Luis Pons
By Luis Pons
Located in Miami, FL
Finest crafted satin silver and darkened wood moldings are applied to conceal drawers and acting as handles on the dresser. The process to achieve the finish of the dresser is the re...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Metal

Antique Art Nouveau Enameled Green Satin Glass Dresser Jar or Box
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This Art Nouveau enameled green satin glass dresser jar most likely originates from England, but is unsigned. The green satin glass top shows an intricately hand painted portrait of ...
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Antique 19th Century English Art Nouveau Decorative Boxes

Materials

Glass

Contemporary Mirrored Dresser with Grey and Silver Molding Handles by Luis Pons
By Luis Pons
Located in Miami, FL
The traditional French mirror cabinet is reinterpreted leaving the mirrors frameless and exaggerating the molding to be used as a handle. Molding is reborn as a functional handle...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Metal

Rare Vintage Dresser by ‘Madeleine Castaing’ of Paris
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
French Chinoiserie bamboo dresser. Hand-applied lacquered top, with mirror and four drawers. Designed by the famous Parisian designer Madeleine Castaign, this piece is rare and highl...
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Mid-20th Century Dressers

Materials

Bamboo, Lacquer

Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Vintage French Louis XVI Style painted dresser with 3 large drawers for storage. The style is suitable for various decor, including Swedish Gustavian, neoclassical, French provincia...
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20th Century European Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
H 32.5 in. W 50 in. D 22 in.
Superb 19th Century Italian Hand-Painted Dresser
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This is a very nice very old pine hand-painted dresser made in Italy in the early 1800s. Underneath the paintwork its ll solid pine. The paintwork is superb, a lot of these sort of p...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Dressers

Materials

Pine

Early Baker Furniture Louis XVI Burled Walnut and Hand Painted Dresser, 1920s
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique French Regency Louis XVI style dresser chest By Baker Furniture USA, circa 1920s Burled walnut, with hand painted floral details and brass hardware. Me...
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Vintage 1920s American Louis XVI Dressers

Materials

Brass

Victorian Cottage Style Hand-Painted Marble Top Dresser
Located in Redding, CT
Victorian cottage style hand-painted marble top dresser. This sweet dresser would complement any country farmhouse or cottage. Hand-painted panels grace this lovely Victorian era pie...
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Antique 1880s American Late Victorian Dressers

Materials

Marble

Antique Adam Style Hand-Painted Bedroom Dresser
Located in North York, ON
This is a hand-painted antique bedroom dresser made in the 1920s in the United States. It features 3 top pull-out drawers atop a cabinet-style bottom that opens to reveal 4 more larg...
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20th Century American Dressers

English Painted Country Dresser
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
19th century English painted country dresser, 1840. Awaiting handles. Dimensions: 68.5 inches (174 cms) wide 19.5 inches (50 cms) deep 78.5 inches (199 cms) high.  
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Dressers

Materials

Pine

  • English Painted Country Dresser
  • English Painted Country Dresser
  • English Painted Country Dresser
  • English Painted Country Dresser
H 78.5 in. W 68.5 in. D 19.5 in.
Painted English Dresser Base
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Wonderful 18th century English painted dresser base with a bleached scrubbed top. 1780 Reference: 5373 Dimensions 83.5 inches (212 cms) wide 20 inches (51 cms) deep 35 inche...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Dressers

Materials

Oak

  • Painted English Dresser Base
  • Painted English Dresser Base
  • Painted English Dresser Base
  • Painted English Dresser Base
H 35 in. W 83.5 in. D 20 in.
Painted Pine Dresser, England, Circa 1760
Located in Culver City, CA
Painted Pine Dresser England, Circa 1760 Pine chest in original period paint.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Dressers

Materials

Pine

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Hand Painted Dresser For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic hand painted dresser available at 1stDibs. Each hand painted dresser for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and softwood. Find 130 options for an antique or vintage hand painted dresser now, or shop our selection of 3 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer hand painted dresser, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. Each hand painted dresser bearing Victorian, Louis XVI or Mid-Century Modern hallmarks is very popular. A well-made hand painted dresser has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Christopher Dresser, Luis Pons and Angelus are consistently popular.

How Much is a Hand Painted Dresser?

The average selling price for a hand painted dresser at 1stDibs is $2,890, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $18,600 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.