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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An unusual mahogany chest of drawers, French, early 19th century, with applied ornate ormolu escutcheons, 82 cm high, 90 cm wide, 50 cm deep

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

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, twin upper drawers, over three full width drawers, on turned bun feet

Chest of drawers, mid 19th century, English flame mahogany, twin smaller top drawers, over three full width drawers, on block feet

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, chest of seven drawers, two central small drawers flanked by two Larger drawers, over three full width drawers, turned columns on break front plinth

A Victorian mahogany chest. Victorian, circa 1860, mahogany on pine, six drawers on solid plinth

Victorian mahogany Coulmn chest with ogee frieze drawer, two short and three long drawers below within slightly tapering column supports

Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with seven drawers flanked by fluted pilasters with bulls eye terminals

Late 19th century New Zealand Colonial kauri Scotch chest with two deep drawers, two short drawers, three long drawers below within bobbin turned column supports on turned feet

Late 19th century New Zealand Colonial kauri Scotch chest with two deep drawers, two small drawers, three long drawers beneath on turned feet

Late 19th century New Zealand Colonial Scotch chest with mottled kauri facias, long frieze drawer, central deep drawer flanked by two short drawers, three long drawers beneath on box base

An early 19th century flame mahogany chest, with six drawers, and veneered borders. Applied with decorative brass fittings.

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 Victorian mahogany chest of five drawers, oak secondants, original knobs & lock intact, restored, working order, minor repairs needed, 107 x 113 x 54 cm

A provincial mahogany and pine chest of drawers with mother of pearl inlay, English, 19th century, 123 cm high, 131 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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 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

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

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

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