Over the centuries the vanity table has been made in a wide variety of styles by master craftsmen and have complimented the era from which they came. In this article we will look at a number of different styles that seem to have stood the test of time, where vanity tables are concerned.
The Victorian vanity tables were quite elaborate and came with intricate detailing. Often early American vanity tables might have been made from mahogany and had curved cabriole legs whilst others would have been made from solid walnut with claw feet.
During the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900’s the “mission oak” vanity table was created with straight lines. But as the 1920’s progressed and sound was added to movies the vanity table became a focal point in bedrooms and some were known as Hollywood vanities.
But not even the Depression era could stop the production of the vanity table and by the mid 1920’s the use of both mahogany and walnut veneers were becoming prominent. Such vanity tables during the 1920’s and through to the 1940’s were often covered in elaborate veneers. The designs around were known as the v-matched quarter sliced oriental wood, quarter sliced zebra wood, v-matched striped walnut or the bird’s eye maple to name but a few of the veneers being used.
However a design that came to prominence during the 1930’s was the Waterfall Furniture Collection which came with smooth rounded edges and the tables had large round mirrors (some even had electric lights inserted under the mirror). Plus there were the Art Moderne metal dressing tables also gaining popularity which were streamlined and had artificial wood graining. But by the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the vanity table was being made from selected hardwoods. This gave a simpler easier look to the table’s appearance and many came with a center drawer as well as additional drawers down each side.
But even today the appeal of the vanity table has shifted now towards the many delightful accessories that are needed by women for their beautification. So really no vanity table can be complete without a few of them such as vintage perfume bottles or a beautiful porcelain talcum shaker to complete the look.