Herman Miller is renowned for its ergonomic office furniture and sleek midcentury designs. But did you know that until 1930, the company produced mainly traditional wood furniture in historic revival styles?
This circa 1920 vanity is one of the finer examples of early Herman Miller craftsmanship. It features solid wood construction with burled walnut veneer, jaw-dropping inlaid wood marquetry, and exquisitely carved moldings and ornamentation.
The vanity comes with a detachable matching mirror which has a Federal style pediment flanking a carved urn. It also comes with the original matching upholstered bench.
The top of the vanity displays a field of burled walnut bordered with mitered satinwood and decorated with a half-round federal period fan ending in feathers.
The vanity includes three dovetailed drawers with solid brass floral ring pulls. The top drawer and its sides are flanked by three pairs of carved rectangular acanthus rosettes and adorned with floral swag marquetry.
The vanity top is supported by six legs carved with acanthus leaves and a serpentine box stretcher accented with a finial.
Overall, the vanity measures 72″ tall, including the mirror. This vanity itself measures 28.5″ tall, 50″ wide, and 21″ deep. The mirror measures 41.5″ tall, 49″ wide, and about 1″ thick. The bench measures 27.5″ wide, 18.5″ deep, and 24″ tall with seat height of 18.5 inches.
The vanity is in good vintage condition with wear commensurate with age. In particular, please note the water spots and wear on the dresser top’s shellac finish. The mirror has some minor veneer loss. The bench is likely needs to be reupholstered, as the yellow fabric is worn. Please see photos for more details.
Matching chest on chest, night stand, and dresser with mirror also available. Please see other listings or ask for more photos.