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 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

A Charles II style oak chest of drawers, English, 19th century, with applied moulding throughout, 95 cm high, 96 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A European serpentine fronted oak three drawer chest of drawers, 18th century, 80 cm high, 92 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A fine Louis XV style kingwood bombe commode, later 19th century, of generous proportions with a striking and vigorously figured pale grey, rouge and tan marble top above two deep oak lined drawers with floral inlay, book end veneer panels to the sides wit

A fine and elegant French mahogany Louis XVI style commode, 19th century, with a deep grey marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three full width oak lined drawers of equal depth with recessed rosewood veneer panels, raised o

A fine French transitional Tulipwood and rosewood commode, 18th century. the commode of breakfront form with a grey and amber marble top, with three oak lined drawers with book end veneer panels, stringing, laurel garland swing handles and ribbon decorated

George III oak flat front chest two short and three long graduated cock beaded drawers on bracket feet

George II oak flat front chest three graduated drawers on bracket feet

A George III oak chest of drawers, 78 cm high, 96.5 cm wide, 49.5 cm deep

Regency oak and mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated drawers with serpentine shaped apron and original ebonised bun handles

George II oak bachelors chest of neat proportions with four long graduated drawers on bracket feet

George II oak chest on chest with moulded dentille cornice, two short and three long drawers, three further long drawers to the base within fluted canted corners on bracket feet

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

An Eighteenth century Georgian oak chest of five drawers with dressing shelf. Height 93 cm, width 95 cm, depth 53 cm

Antique English oak early Georgian chest on stand with black Chinoiserie decoration, approx 150 cm high, 100 cm wide, 59 cm deep

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

George III oak and crossbanded flat front chest of two short and three long drawers within quarter round columns on bracket feet

Early Georgian oak chest of drawers with 4 long drawers, 98 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 85 cm high

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 Louis XVI style 3 drawer commode, carved & veneer oak, 20th century. 88 cm high. 102 cm wide, 48 cm deep.

An unusual oak and mother of pearl inlaid chest on stand, 19th/20th century. 137 cm high, 70 cm wide, 46 cm deep

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

Antique George III mahogany and oak chest on chest, fitted with six drawers to the top on a three long graduated drawer base, all on shaped bracket feet, approx 183 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep

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

A small Art Deco oak chest of drawers with bakelite mounts. 98 cm high, 64 cm wide, 42 cm deep

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 fa├žade 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

Superb art deco walnut lowboy wardrobe silky oak lined, with hanging compartment to the left and drawers, shelves to the right, 110 cm wide, 62 cm deep, 153 cm high

Antique English figured walnut and oak chest on stand, standing on cabriole legs with pad feet, approx 153 cm high, 101 cm wide

Antique English oak and birdseye amboyna chest on stand, pierced brass back plates and shaped escutcheons, 142 cm high, 89 cm wide, 51 cm deep

Antique George II oak five drawer bachelor chest, shaped bracket feet, approx 79 cm high, 83 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Antique 18th century French Louis XV oak four drawer commode, two drawers at the top and two long drawers below, 125 cm wide, 81.5 cm high

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 Louis XV provincial oak commode, French, circa 1760. 80 cm high, 110.5 cm wide, 49.4 cm deep. Provenance: Miguel Meirelles Antiques