Until the mid-19th century, the standard chest had either four long, or three long and two short drawers. Rarely were there any exceptions to this rule. A chest with three drawers, or a series of small upper drawers, purporting to be Georgian, will probably have been converted from a chest-on-chest or tallboy. It is true that the 18th century commode often contain two long deep drawers, but this was a much grander and more decorative piece altogether, intended for drawing rooms, not bedrooms, and in any case was usually made to stand on legs. The standard chest of drawers continued to be made throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (some Edwardian pine chests even had bracket feet), but variations were introduced during the mid-Victorian period, with some chests having seven or more drawers usually a deep hat drawer and smaller glove compartments. Chests with barley-sugar twist or split bobbin-turned supports date from the mid-19th century.
A George III high quality flame mahogany serpentine chest of three graduating drawers, the shaped top with circular corners to receive the plain front column supports, full width brushing slide with green linen insert, the drawers with oval back plate and
A George III mahogany bowfront chest of four drawers, the graduating full width drawers each with an oval brass back plate swing handle, moulded edge detail, raised on bracket feet. 110 x 57.5 x 101 cm
A late Georgian mahogany chest, early 19th century, the bow fronted chest with two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduating depth below, all cockbeaded and having cast garland ring handles upon circular backplates and raised upon sligh
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, the small chest with two half width drawers and two full width drawers below with brass ring handles, oval backplates, with cockbeading, satinwood stringing to the top and raised on decoratively curl
A mid Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1860s, the bow front chest with a plain mahogany top above two half width and three full width cockbeaded flame veneer drawers of graduating depth, with reeded edges, turned pull handles and raised on
A good Georgian mahogany chest, late 18th to early 19th century, a refined chest with two half width and three full width cockbeaded and oak lined drawers with brass swing handles and pierced plates, having a shaped apron and raised on bracket feet embelli
A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the top with a stepped edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduating depth, all with circular pressed brass backplates and laurel garland pull handles, with rou
A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the chest in light tones, with a thumbnail edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduated depth, all with turned timber handles, and raised on tiered bun feet. He
A George III flame mahogany flat front chest of five drawers, two short over three full width graduated drawers, circular brass ring and plate back handles, shaped bracket feet. 101 cm x 54 cm x 108.5 cm
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