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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A George I style feather banded walnut chest on stand, 19th century, 140 cm high, 73 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A fine provincial walnut commode of serpentine form with ormolu mounts, French, 18th century, 85 cm high, 130 cm wide, 71 cm deep

Antique 1740's George II walnut chest on stand. Provenance: W. H. Grindley of Grindley Potteries, from great grandson's approx 158 cm high, 113 cm wide x 59 cm deep

A William and Mary style walnut veneer chest of drawers, late 17th to early 18th century, on a pine carcass with ebony strung oyster veneer spandrels above two small and three long oak lined drawers with ebony stringing, applied brass escutcheons and hand

French walnut bombe chest of drawers, with marble top, cross banded inlay and ormolu mounts, 119 cm wide, 53 cm deep, 84 cm high

A Louis XVI style walnut and marble top commode. 80 cm high, 119 cm wide, 49 cm deep.

Antique European walnut chest of drawers with serpentine front and ormolu, 118 cm wide, 68 cm deep, 87 cm high, veneer loss to right side back leg

Edwardian walnut chest of drawers, with three small and three long drawers, 116 cm wide, 48.5 cm deep, 119 cm high

A English walnut campaign style chest of drawers, 19th century in two sections 107 cm high, 100 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A Dutch walnut bombe chest of drawers, early 19th century, 79 cm high, 90 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A French Louis XV serpentine fronted walnut bombe commode, 18th century, 89 cm high, 130 cm wide, 67 cm deep

A George III walnut veneered chest of drawers, circa 1800, of small proportion and good patination, 88 cm high, 96 cm wide, 56 cm deep

An Italian walnut four draw commode with ivory inlaid panels and stringing, 18th century, 101 cm high 149 cm wide, 69 cm deep

A Directoire period marble top walnut commode, French, 19th century, 96 cm high, 128 cm wide, 57 cm deep

18th century walnut lowboy, with three frieze drawers raised on barley twist legs United by a shaped stretcher base. Width 90 cm. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

A Louis XVI walnut and original marble top bombe commode French 18th century 82 cm high, 122 cm wide, 66 cm deep

A French Transitional period four drawer walnut commode with marble top having stamp in drawer Pagny Fils, Paris. 82 cm high, 91 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style walnut three drawer commode with marble top. 90 cm high, 130 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A French walnut commode with two central drawers and marble top. 94 cm high, 85 cmwide, 45 cm deep

A Continental walnut tall seven drawer chest. 148 cm high, 62 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry decorated bombe shaped two drawer marble top commode. 84 cm high, 79 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry three drawer commode, of compact proportions, decorated overall with floral inlaid panels, 81 x 42 x 32 cm

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry four drawer commode, 99 x 93 x 43 cm

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 II cross banded walnut chest on stand, 121 cm high, 100 cm wide, 57 cm deep. Provenance: Property from the collection of the late Margaret (Maggie) Lockwood

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 carved walnut and marquetry three-drawer chest, Italian 17th century, 90 cm high, 77 cm wide, 37 cm deep

A marquetry and walnut commode, Italian, 18th century, the top with a pair of inlaid panels of a regal gentleman and a lady, possibly the King and Queen of Naples, 128 cm wide, 90 cm high, 65 cm deep

A dark walnut Continental bombe commode, the three drawers with convex and concave fronts, with a top with serpentine moulded edge; raised on ball and claw feet. 102 cm x 60 cm x 80 cm

A French Louis XV style walnut bombe shaped three drawer marble top commode. 88 cm high, 112 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode with fine ormolu mounts. 190 cm high, 110 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A French Louis VX style walnut serpentine shaped seven drawer marble top tall chest. 141 cm high, 82 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A French 19th century Louis XV style walnut and cross banded three drawer marble top commode. 86 cm high, 82 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A large French Louis XV style walnut bombe shaped two drawer oval top commode with fine gilt mounts. 89 cm high, 127 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A George I walnut chest on chest having two drawers below and six drawers above. 140 cm high, 110 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A 1930s burr walnut chest of seven drawers in the Chippendale style, 90 cm high. 80 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A walnut chest of four drawers on Queen Anne legs. Height 100 cm. Width 110 cm. Depth 150 cm

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 fine quality walnut and parquetry gilt bronze mounted commode, Italian 18th century, 84 cm high, 127 cm wide, 66 cm deep

A fine Louis XV walnut serpentine fronted commode, French 18th century, 88 cm high, 126 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A fine Louis XV walnut and gilt bronze mounted bombe commode, French, 18th century, 89 cm high, 122 cm wide, 62 cm deep

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