Learn about Chest of Drawers

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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An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, twin upper drawers, over three full width drawers, on turned bun feet

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, chest of seven drawers, two central small drawers flanked by two Larger drawers, over three full width drawers, turned columns on break front plinth

A late Victorian cedar chest, late 19th century, the chest with a serpentine top above a deep central drawer with relief carved acanthus motifs flanked by a pair of small drawers and a single deep drawer with a faux two drawer face above three full width d

Early South Australian cedar low chest fitted with four drawers (cedar carcass)

Early South Australian Barossa Valley cedar chest of drawers with three quarter gallery top fitted with six drawers

Victorian cedar and mahogany secretaire chest, with upper compartment opening to adjustable shelves, 108 cm wide, 213 cm high

An early chest of 5 drawers with fine cock beaded drawers and turned feet, full cedar socondary timbers, New South Wales origin, circa 1830, 104 cm high, 111 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Andrew Lenehan, Australian cedar chest of drawers, paper label in top drawer, Sydney origin, circa 1850. Provenance: Mossgreen Somercotes Sale 2008, previously Ex Graham Cox Collection, Private Collection Tasmania, 111 cm high, 118 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Colonial Australian cedar chest of drawers with shaped columns and carved corbels, Baltic pine secordary timbers, possibly South Australian origin, circa 1850s, 126 cm high, 127 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A rare Colonial Australian chest of drawers finely crafted with regency styled half turned columns, cross banded edge and cock beading, redgum veneer on cedar, circa 1835, 127 cm high, 131 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 4 small and 2 large drawers, 96 cm wide, 88 cm high

Edwardian cedar chest of drawers, 106 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 108 cm high approx

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with two short and three long drawers on turned bun feet, 120 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 119 cm high

An Australian cedar chest of 7 drawers with serpentine top an bobbin turned columns, 19th century, 125 cm high, 115 cm wide, 51 cm deep

An early Australian cedar chest of drawers with pine string inlay drawer fronts and reeded edge to the top and base plate, Sydney, circa 1825, 111 cm high, 113 cm wide, 52 cm deep, Provenance: Private Collection Sydney, Ex Simpson's Antiques, Illustrat

A mid 19th century five-drawer cedar chest of drawers with a scratch moulded cock bead. 113 cm high, 52 cm deep, 117 cm long

A cedar chest of five drawers on elevated bun feet with original mushroom knobs c.1870. 125 cm high, 112 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A Victorian cedar Wellington chest. 118 cm high, 54 cm wide, 37.5 cm deep.

An Australian cedar 8 drawer chest with turned columns, Circa 1880. 130 cm high, 125 cm wide, 54 cm deep.

19th century 6 drawer cedar chest of drawers with cockbeading (no feet)

19th century cedar 5 drawer chest with graduated drawers

An Australian Colonial cedar chest of drawers, c.1880's, the upper chest with two central half size drawers, flanked by two deep size drawers, over three lower full size drawers with turned knob handles. Height 114 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 45 cm

An Andrew Lenehan chest of drawers, full cedar construction with brass escutcheons, stamped 'A. Lenehan' top left drawer, circa 1950's. 121 cm high, 135 cm wide, 49 cm deep

An Andrew Lenehan five drawer chest, full cedar construction, stamped 'A. Lenehan', circa 1850's. 118 cm high, 111 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A cantilever Australian cedar chest of drawers with half turned columns. Full cedar construction, circa 1840. 120 cm high, 122 wide, 55 cm deep

A cedar chest of drawers, Australian, circa 1870. 120 cm high, 121 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A small Victorian cedar chest. Second half 19th century, in deep tones, the top with bull nose edging above two half width drawers, two full width drawers below all with turned timber handles and raised on toupie style squashed bun feet. Height 100 cm. Wid

A Victorian cedar secretaire Wellington chest. Later 19th century, the chest with six drawers of differing depths, one with a faux front serving as a fold down writing plane and concealing two half width drawers and four pigeon holes, with acanthus carved

19th century Colonial Australian cedar chest of eight drawers

Antique Australian cedar chest of five drawers, standing on turned legs

Fine antique 19th century Andrew Lenehan Sydney flame cedar press on chest fitted with four drawers below

Secretaire chest Australian cedar c1835. Sydney, plate 36 Australian furniture a guidebook by John Buttsworth, illustrated in nineteenth century Australian furniture plates 51 and 52. Sydney origin, the rectangular top above a stepped front with a generous

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with 2 short over 3 long drawers and scroll carved mounts, on turned bun feet, 111 cm wide, 53 cm deep, 111 cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with two short drawers over three large drawers, on turned bun feet, 113 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 127 cm high approx

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