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.
Louis XV style oak commode, 19th century, of serpentine shape with four drawers, raised on cabriole legs, ebonised finish with gilded brass handles. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell, July 2008
An early Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, mid 19th century, the chest with a bullnose edged top, two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, turned timber pull handles and raised on a plinth base. Height 106 cm. Width 106 cm
A French neoclassical mahogany side chest, late 19th century, the oak lined chest with a white veined grey marble top above two drawers of equal depth and raised on tapering square section legs, embellished with brass paterae, pairs of laurel garland ring
A Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, finely figured with a squared top above two small and three full length cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth and raised on bun and toupie feet. Height 111 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 55 cm
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, the chest of serpentine profile with extended ears and three quarter tightly ringed full length supports flanking three small drawers and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing han
A small French provincial pine chest of drawers, late 19th century, in soft light honey tones with a serpentine top above three flat fronted drawers of equal depth, with swing handles and brass butterfly backplates and escutcheons, the canted corners with
An early 19th century Sheraton type bow-front chest of drawers, with three long drawers and ebony stringing flanked by reeded and ring turned columns terminating in reeded foot, 100 cm width x 54 cm depth x 92 cm height
A Victorian flame mahogany, bobbin turned column, chest of drawers c.1880, each drawer front having individual design, with scalloped, moulded and concaved fronts panels, brass drop handles, upon turned bun feet base. Height 106 cm. Width 100 cm. Depth 52
A fine Louis XV style late 19th century commode, of serpentine outline with marble a top above three drawers with floral marquetry on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 90 cm high, 114 cm wide, 55 cm deep.
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