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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Huon pine tallboy chest of drawers, circa 1890 with bobbin turned pilasters, 210 cm high, 162 cm wide, 60 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

19th century huon pine 7 drawer chest of drawers flanked by half bobbin turned columns

A Federation kauri pine chest of five drawers, 113 x 110 x 50 cm

Victorian pine chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, on turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 109 cm high approx

A huon pine eight drawer chest with serpentine front and carved corbels, Circa 1870. 151 cm high, 122 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A small antique pine chest of drawers. Later 19th century, having an extended bull nose edged top above two half width drawers and two full width drawers with turned timber handles, and raised on bun and toupie feet. Height 84 cm. Width 83 cm. Depth 51 cm

Edwardian pine chest of drawers with 2 short & 2 long drawers, 99 cm wide, 80 cm high approx

Victorian style pine chest of drawers with 4 small drawers above 4 long drawers, on turned bun feet, by Woodpeckers New Zealand, 121 cm wide, 44 cm deep, 134.5 cm high

Victorian pine chest of drawers with a long drawer at the top, above 4 small drawers and 3 larger long drawers

Exceptional Tasmanian Colonial huon pine chest of eight drawers, the serpentine shaped top section with fruit carved pilasters flanking the drawers, and original moulded glass handles

19th century Tasmanian Huon pine chest fitted with eight drawers flanked by half turned columns

Late nineteenth century kauri pine chest of eight drawers on a plinth base with original colonial knobs

Rare pair of 19th century huon pine & blackwood 5 drawer chests of drawers

19th century 6 drawer chest of drawers inlaid with feature timbers including huon pine musk casuarina & blackwood

Handsome huon pine chest of seven drawers with turned mushroom knobs on bun feet

Antique Pine chest of four drawers, standing on turned legs, approx 98 cm high, 99 cm wide, 47 cm deep

Huon pine & blackwood chest of drawers, Tasmanian origin, 19th century

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

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

A huon pine eight drawer tall-boy chest, Australian, circa 1870, 128 cm high, 115 cm wide, 62 cm deep

An unusual huon pine secretaire chest of drawers, Tasmanian, circa 1830, 97 cm high, 64 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Antique pine chest of drawers with 2 short & 3 long drawers, 117 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 109 cm high

Huon pine chest of eight drawers supported by turned columns

Antique English pine graduating chest of drawers, approx 44 cm high, 39 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Eight drawer, pitch pine chest of drawers, approx 115 cm high, 54 cm wide, 33 cm D circa 1910

Edwardian pine chest of drawers, with 2 short over 3 long drawers, 106 cm wide, 49.5 cm deep, 105.5 cm high,

South Australian colonial Germanic kitchen dresser in pine, two glazed doors above a chest of four drawers with original clear glass knobs, Barossa Valley region

Early Australian colonial Huon Pine Chest of eight drawers with serpentine front, flanked by carved pilasters

18th century bow front mahogany on pine chest of drawers with crossbanding & inlaid top on bracket feet with brush slide

Cedar 5 drawer chest of drawers, 19th century, huon pine secondaries

Cantilever Colonial cedar chest of 5 drawers. A fine example with cockbeading to drawers, blackwood end grain handles, turned columns & huon pine secondary timbers. Tasmanian origin c1840. Height 120 cm, width 121 cm, depth 57 cm

Antique Australian cedar & pine seven drawer chest of drawers, fitted with split bobbin turned decoration to the sides, approx 123 cm high, 110 cm wide, 48 cm deep

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