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 burr walnut chest-on-stand in the 18th century German style, late 19th/early 20th century, of arbalete outline, the chest with a moulded cornice above four graduated drawers, the stand with a deep frieze drawer, raised on cabriole legs with carved decora
A George ll feather banded walnut bachelor's chest, circa 1745 and later, of small proportions, having a moulded rim to the rectangular top, brushing slide, three full width graduated drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons, supported on bracket fe
A George II oyster walnut chest of drawers, circa 1740 the oyster walnut veneer rectangular top with a design of concentric and overlapping circle string inlay, above two short and three long drawers, incised brass drop handles and escutcheons, raised on b
A French walnut commode, late 18th century / early 19th century the serpentine moulded top above three long drawers with brass scroll foliate handles and escutcheons, scalloped frieze and on short cabriole legs with carved acathus leaf and scrolls 91.5 cm
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