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Whether you’re a devoted Francophile or simply looking for a dresser that brings the romance, there’s nothing like a French Provincial dresser to fit the bill. At Chairish, we take the art if collecting the internet’s most shoppable collection of French Provincial chest of drawers very seriously. From authentic antique models to Mid-Century designs cued up by makers like Ethan Allen, John Widdicomb, and Drexel Heritage, our selection of antique French dressers designs runs the gamut. We partner with hundreds of avintage and antique dealers located all over the U.S. and Europe to bring you an unrivaled selection of vintage French dresser designs. With Chairish, there’s no need to hop from vintage flea to vintage flea, looking for the perfect Provincial dresser. Every dresser you see on the site has been hand-vetted by our team of curation experts who are well-versed in the art of souring chic and unique vintage.

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On the hunt for a Provincial dresser in a particular color, such as white or pink? At Chairish, we carry a myriad of colored French dressers. Use our color filters to make easy work of discovering a French Provincial dresser in your desired hue. In addition to a wide array of dressers showcasing their original finishes, you can also shop a wide selection of dressers that have been professionally repainted in designer-grade colors like navy, blush, forest green and more. You can also use style filters to discover antique French dresser designs that skew more toward a particular style such as Chippendale or Hollywood Regency.

French Provincial design originated in the French countryside in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Those dwelling in France’s outer provinces, including Provence, Normandy, and Bordeaux, co-opted design influences from the lavish Parisian furniture that was de rigueur at the time. Suppressed resources, both material and financial, dictated that craftspeople create a pared-down version of the ornate Baroque and Rococo styles that dominated the Parisian market scene. Cabriole legs, rosettes, and simple scalloping all made the cut, while elaborate hallmarks like veneering, heavy gilding, and repoussé all fell to the wayside. Utilitarian hardwoods such as oak, beech, and pine replaced bourgeois materials like tortoiseshell, ivory, and other exotic woods; gilding was scrapped in favor of raw finishes.

With a whisper of whimsicality, French Provincial dressers perfectly straddle the line between profuse and pared-back. Most feature a medium shape and come equipped with three to nine drawers. A scalloped apron and gently waved front are common features, while cabriole legs and ornate scroll handles are ubiquitous among virtually all models. Bedroom set aficionados will be tickled by the glut of both French Provincial low boy dressers and chest of drawers, or, French Provincial high boys that exist on the market. Parisian purists may find the look of a matchy-matchy bedroom outfit staid, but there’s something to be said for the preppy appeal that comes alongside a ready-to-fête set, too.