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 miniature Jacobean style chest of three drawers, 19th century, 50 cm high, 51 cm wide, 41 cm deep

Fine quality Victorian mahogany chest fitted with seven drawers

19th century chest of drawers, with 3 short & 4 long drawers (including 'secret' bottom drawer), 124 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 115.5 cm high

Exquisite 19th century Tasmanian huon pine chest fitted with seven drawers flanked by spiral twist turned columns

A George I style feather banded walnut chest on stand, 19th century, 140 cm high, 73 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood bombe commode, 19th century, with a serpentine breche d'Alep marble top, 92 cm high, 128 cm wide, 64 cm deep

A kingwood rouge marble top marquetry commode of small proportion with gilt bronze ormolu mounts and shaped cabriole legs, French, 19th century, 90 cm high, 89 cm wide, 46 deep

Victorian cedar and mahogany secretaire chest, with upper compartment opening to adjustable shelves, 108 cm wide, 213 cm high

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

Victorian Mahogany chest of drawers, with 3 short and 3 long drawers flanked by round columns, 127 cm x 60 cm, 126 cm high

A carved provincial oak chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 101 cm high, 97 cm wide, 53 cm deep

A flame mahogany chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 122 cm high, 137 cm wide, 66 cm deep

A mahogany chest of drawers English, late 19th century, 107 cm high 110 cm wide 52 cm deep

A Louis XVI style marble top painted pine commode, 19th century, 85 cm high, 89 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany Wellington chest, attractive plain design with seven graduated drawers, carved corbels and turned wood handles (one missing). 60 cm x 42 cm x 119 cm

An interesting mahogany medical Wellington chest made by John Weiss & Son, 19th century, each drawer stamped John Weiss & Son, 62, Strand, London, 91 cm high, 61 cm wide, 50 cm deep

19th century teak two stage campaign chest with galleried top, two short and three long drawers, with dished handles on bun feet

19th century mahogany two stage campaign chest traditional design with two short, three long drawers, brass handles and corners

Late 19th century NZ kauri specimen cabinet with swing handle, glazed door revealing an interior of 15 pull out slides, each handle numbered

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 113 cm high, 106 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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 oak Carolean revival chest of drawers, each drawer with carved lion mask handles and scrolls flanked by fruit and vine moulded sides, 70 width x 46 depth x 99 cm height

A 19th century Continental marble top four drawer commode, grey marble top damaged, 95 x 124 x 59 cm

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 Victorian Scottish flame mahogany chest of drawers, having six full size drawers, turned knob handles with mother of pearlinsert upon turned bun feet base. Height 154 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 58 cm

Victorian mahogany bow front chest of drawers with 2 short and 4 long drawers, 124 cm wide, 61 cm deep, 128 cm high

A two drawer Florentine commode, 19th century, the drawers hand painted with landscape decoration. Width 140 cm

A Louis XVI fruitwood commode, French, 19th century, 89 cm high, 119 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 4 small and 2 large drawers, 96 cm wide, 88 cm high

English 19th century mahogany chest of drawers, with 4 long drawers, cross banded rosewood inlay and turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 119 cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with two short and three long drawers on turned bun feet, 120 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 119 cm high

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.

A Louis XVI style, 19th century French kingwood commode, with satinwood and ebony banding on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots, 86 cm high, 176 cm wide, 49 cm deep.

A English walnut campaign style chest of drawers, 19th century in two sections 107 cm high, 100 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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