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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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

Antique Australian Cedar chest of drawers cross banded top, carved corbels and turned legs circa 1880's

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 2 short & 3 long drawers, 105 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 105 cm high

An Australian cedar chest of drawers, late 19th century. 85 cm high, 90 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with 8 drawers, 123 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 132 cm high

19th century cedar 5 drawer chest of drawers flanked by corbels on plinth base

Australian cedar 5 drawer chest with half turned columns & ebonized handles. c1860s. 120 x 52 x 109 cm

A Victorian cedar chest, mid 19th century, in dark tones, with a bullnose edged top above a central hat drawer, flanked by a pair of small drawers, with a matching deep drawer, three full width drawers below all with turned timber pull handles, and raised

A cedar chest of five drawers by T Whiteside & Son, Hobart Town huon pine secondary timber 115 cm high, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep

An Australian Colonial cedar chest of drawers, the straight front with two half drawers and three full-length drawers, cock-beaded and with turned knob handles; on turned feet. Width 111 cm

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with a long drawer at top, 2 hat drawers, 2 short drawers and 3 long drawers below, 122cm wide, 53cm deep, 136cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with 2 hat drawers, 2 small drawers & 3 long drawers, 112cm wide, 127cm high approx

Colonial cedar chest of drawers, 19th century, two small drawers above three long drawers. Height 115 cm, width 100 cm, depth 50 cm

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