A lowboy.

A lowboy is a small table with one or two rows of drawers, so called in contradistinction to the tallboy or highboy chest of drawers. Both were favourite pieces of the 18th century, both in England and in the United States; the lowboy was most frequently used as a dressing-table (and called a dressing-table in Britain), but sometimes as a side-table. It is usually made of oak, walnut or mahogany, with the drawerfronts mounted with brass pulls and escutcheons. The more elegant examples in the Queen Anne, early Georgian, and Chippendale styles often have cabriole legs, carved knees, and slipper or claw-and-ball feet. The fronts of some examples also are sculpted with the scallop-shell motif beneath the centre drawer.

A vanity is a form of lowboy usually equipped with a mirror, used for applying makeup or other fashion.

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  • Lowboy — Low boy , n. A chest of drawers not more than four feet high; applied commonly to the lower half of a tallboy from which the upper half has been removed. [U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lowboy — chest of drawers on short legs, 1891, a hybrid from LOW (Cf. low) (adj.) + Fr. bois wood (see BUSH (Cf. bush)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lowboy — ☆ lowboy [lōboi΄] n. [ LOW1 + BOY ] a chest of drawers mounted on short legs to about the height of a table …   English World dictionary

  • lowboy — /loh boy /, n. U.S. Furniture. a low chest of drawers on short legs, resembling the lower part of a highboy. [1705 15; LOW1 + BOY] * * * ▪ furniture       antiquarian term for a small dressing table with four or six legs and two or three drawers …   Universalium

  • lowboy — noun Date: circa 1891 a chest or side table about three feet (one meter) high with drawers and usually with cabriole legs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lowboy — noun /ˈləʊbɔɪ/ A low chest of drawers. Puffing rhythmically, Jones set one of his beautiful dragon entwined flambeaux on the low boy with the gleaming drinks [...] …   Wiktionary

  • lowboy — n. low chest of drawers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lowboy — noun N. Amer. a low chest or table with drawers …   English new terms dictionary

  • lowboy — low•boy [[t]ˈloʊˌbɔɪ[/t]] n. fur a low chest of drawers on legs • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • Lowboy — F/A/V A heavy duty rolling stand, usually with a combo head, but without the height of a highboy . (Grip/Lighting) …   Audio and video glossary

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