The typical dressing table designs date back then featured fancy trimmings like brass pulls, cabriole legs and escutcheons, often constructed in a Georgian, Queen Anne or Chippendale style.
But these days, the modest bedroom dresser can manifest in all manner of styles and designs.
Frequently made as companions to matching high chests, called highboys, Queen Anne dressing tables were scaled-down versions of the base on highboys, with all the same features and basic proportions, hence the term lowboy.
The delicate and graceful nature of the lowboy’s form suggests it is a feminine piece.
This is Norm Vandal’s guide to creating this delicate and graceful lowboy.Complete with a mirror that hangs to the hook above, this dressing/preparation system is guaranteed to get people talking!Synopsis: Although not a true replica, this lowboy incorporates the features found on Queen Anne pieces made in Connecticut during the 18th century.Whether you prefer to call it a vanity, chest of drawers, or even a ‘lowboy’ or ‘tallboy’ like the Americans do, the dressing table is a time-honoured, classic piece of bedroom furniture that no self-respecting boudoir can possibly do without.Home favourites dating back as far as the 18th century, typically made of oak, mahogany and walnut, dressing tables have always been equated with elegance, yet humble modesty and perfunctory uses.Sections of the article include: Making the cabriole legs, applied knee brackets, carving the shell, and case and drawer construction.