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 George II oak block moulded chest, the three full width drawers each with decorative geometric moulded fielded panels, brass flowerhead plate back drop handles, panelled sides, pegged construction, raised on fret cut bracket feet, good dark patina. 98 cm
Charles II oak chest of drawers, c. 1670, with eight drawers decorated with geometric design, resting on a chest with two drawers. Height 120 cm. Width 102 cm. Depth 60 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Phillips Harris, London, 1974
A fine Louis XV kingwood bombe commode, circa 18th century, with a bow front Breche D'Alep marble top above two half and two full width oak lined drawers, with quarter veneer panels and cross banding throughout, and embellished with ribbed rope swing handl
A good Georgian mahogany chest, late 18th to early 19th century, a refined chest with two half width and three full width cockbeaded and oak lined drawers with brass swing handles and pierced plates, having a shaped apron and raised on bracket feet embelli
A French kingwood, bombe shape, two drawer chest of drawers, with marble top, late 19th century, the internal carcass constructed with oak timber. the drawer fronts decorated with marquetry veneer floral work, bronze ormolu handles and similar bronze decor
A marble topped Louis XV style kingwood commode, circa 1900. The commode of bombe profile having an amber and purple marble serpentine top above two full width oak lined drawers well patterned with fan shaped parquetry, the sides with feather banded reserv
A late Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1830s, having an extended top above two half drawers and three full width drawers below of graduating depth, each cockbeaded and oak lined with brass swing handles, the chest with reeded edges and raised on
A late Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1830s, with a good deep patina, having two half width drawers and three full width drawers below of graduating depth, all cockbeaded and oak lined, and having brass ring handles and Prince of Wales feather s
A Georgian style oak small proportion chest on chest, raised on bracket feet, the base with three full width drawers, the top with four, curving detail to the pediment, brass drop handles with decorative back plates and keyhole escutcheons. 61 cm x 44 cm x
A George III period oak chest on chest, the base with two drawers above two full width drawers, the top section with two drawers above three graduated full width drawers with reeded quarter column mouldings on either side and a dentil frieze beneath the pe
A George III oak small proportion chest of five drawers, the flat front drawers all with Victorian 'gothic' inspired handles and keyhole escutcheons. Raised on short bracket feet. 88 cm x 48 cm x 79 cm
A Georgian mahogany bow front chest, early 19th century, the chest with four full width oak lined cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth, with turned handles and kite shaped bone escutcheons, above a shaped apron and splayed bracket legs. Height 92 cm. Wid
Early 18th century walnut chest on stand, a significant figured walnut chest on stand dating from early 18th century. The drawer fronts are figured walnut with pine stinging. All the drawers have their original oak linings and handles replaced, drawers are
An antique oak Marriage or blanket chest, early 19th century, with a rich patina, having an extended hinged top, the façade with three shaped panels above two half width drawers, a shaped apron and raised on bracket feet; with pierced brass hardware, bat s
An early George III oak lowboy, the top with elm crossbanding, the moulded edge with notched corners, three drawers in the frieze with cockbeaded edges, brass handles, raised on cabriole legs. 91 cm x 58 cm x 69 cm
A Georgian oak provincial chest on chest, early 19th century, in honey toned oak having an extended shaped cornice above two half and six full width drawers of graduating depth all with mahogany cross banded edges and stringing, swing brass handles and con
A rare Georgian Chippendale mahogany chest on chest, the top section with two small drawers and three graduated full width drawers, the base with brushing slide and three graduated full width drawers, flanked by blind fretwork, the architectural 'breakarch
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