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 small Louis XVI style marquetry chest of drawers, 19th century, with a bow front red and grey flecked marble top above four drawers of conforming profile, each with scrolling foliate inlay to strung reserves, small splayed feet and embellished with gilt
A small French mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, with a grey flecked marble top, a frieze drawer and two deeper drawers, all oak lined and cockbeaded, the lower drawers flanked with fluted designs and having bracket handles, raised on baluster and b
A Victorian mahogany and walnut chest of drawers, two half drawers over three full width drawers, the front with burr walnut veneer, the curved sides with matching walnut, on plinth base, turned wood handles. 118 cm x 50 cm x 120 cm
A late Victorian cedar chest, late 19th century, the chest with a serpentine top above a deep central drawer with relief carved acanthus motifs flanked by a pair of small drawers and a single deep drawer with a faux two drawer face above three full width d
A French provincial pine chest of drawers, late 19th century, with a planked serpentine top above two small and three full long drawers, with metal pull swing handles, butterfly brass backplates and escutcheons, canted reeded corners and angled shaped feet
A 19th century Biedermeier walnut chest of four drawers, a slender bombe top drawer with three full width drawers below, variegated charcoal grey marble top, ornate handles and keyhole escutcheons, deep plinth base with short bracket feet. With key. Old re
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
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