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.
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
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
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
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
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