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.
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A George III mahogany chest, with two short and three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 88 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Windsor Antiques.
An early Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, mid 19th century, the chest with a bullnose edged top, two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, turned timber pull handles and raised on a plinth base. Height 106 cm. Width 106 cm
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, 18th century, with a thumbnail edge top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, decorative brass butterfly and lattice backplates and escutcheons with swing handles, the extended b
A French neoclassical mahogany side chest, late 19th century, the oak lined chest with a white veined grey marble top above two drawers of equal depth and raised on tapering square section legs, embellished with brass paterae, pairs of laurel garland ring
A Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, finely figured with a squared top above two small and three full length cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth and raised on bun and toupie feet. Height 111 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 55 cm
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, with a flat top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing handles, cockbeading and raised on a slightly extended base with shaped bracket feet. Height 95 cm. Width
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, the chest of serpentine profile with extended ears and three quarter tightly ringed full length supports flanking three small drawers and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing han
An antique mahogany chest of drawers, early 20th century, the square topped chest with a central drawer flanked by pairs of small drawers above three full width drawers of identical depth, all with pairs of turned pull handles and brassware locks marked C
A good George III mahogany bachelor's chest, the flat front with narrow slide above four full width graduating drawers, shaped brass back plate swing handles, thumb moulded edges, the top with indented front corners, attractive small size and colour. 77 x
A Victorian flame mahogany, bobbin turned column, chest of drawers c.1880, each drawer front having individual design, with scalloped, moulded and concaved fronts panels, brass drop handles, upon turned bun feet base. Height 106 cm. Width 100 cm. Depth 52
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
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