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

Victorian mahogany Wellington chest, the rectangular top above a bank of seven drawers within moulded pilasters with truss capitals, one side lockable, raised on a plinth base, height 110 cm width 53 cm depth 42.5 cm

A Victorian mahogany secretaire 'Campaign' chest of drawers, with four drawers, each with flush brass handles, the secretaire drawer opening to a fitted interior, turned feet, 112.5 x 117.5 x 54 cm

A Victorian cedar Wellington chest. 118 cm high, 54 cm wide, 37.5 cm deep.

A mid Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1860s, the bow front chest with a plain mahogany top above two half width and three full width cockbeaded flame veneer drawers of graduating depth, with reeded edges, turned pull handles and raised on

An early Victorian mahogany chest of five drawers. Height 103 cm. Width 104 cm. Depth 52 cm

Victorian pine chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, on turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 109 cm high approx

A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the top with a stepped edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduating depth, all with circular pressed brass backplates and laurel garland pull handles, with rou

A small Victorian cedar chest. Second half 19th century, in deep tones, the top with bull nose edging above two half width drawers, two full width drawers below all with turned timber handles and raised on toupie style squashed bun feet. Height 100 cm. Wid

A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers. Second half 19th century, the chest in light tones, with a thumbnail edge above two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduated depth, all with turned timber handles, and raised on tiered bun feet. He

A Victorian cedar secretaire Wellington chest. Later 19th century, the chest with six drawers of differing depths, one with a faux front serving as a fold down writing plane and concealing two half width drawers and four pigeon holes, with acanthus carved

Victorian mahogany chest of drawers 2 secret drawers over 3 drawers with barley twist columns on 4 feet, as inspected. Width 120 cm. Depth 54 cm. Height 144 cm approx.

Victorian walnut chest of drawers with 2 short and 3 long drawers, on turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 55 cm deep and 118 cm high

Victorian style pine chest of drawers with 4 small drawers above 4 long drawers, on turned bun feet, by Woodpeckers New Zealand, 121 cm wide, 44 cm deep, 134.5 cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with 2 short over 3 long drawers and scroll carved mounts, on turned bun feet, 111 cm wide, 53 cm deep, 111 cm high

Victorian mahogany secretaire chest with 3 long drawers above a secretaire drawer and 2 further long drawers. Provenance: Sotheby's Sydney

Victorian mahogany press on chest with 2 upper doors containing 4 internal drawers above 2 short & 2 long drawers, 131 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 212 cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with two short drawers over three large drawers, on turned bun feet, 113 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 127 cm high approx

Antique Victorian mahogany chest of curved drawers, approx 103 cm high, 100 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, approx, approx 140 cm high, 124 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Victorian mahogany chest of drawers with long concealed drawer above 2 short & 3 long drawers, flanked by scroll carved decoration, on turned bun feet, 138 cm wide, 58 cm deep, 136.5 cm high approx

Victorian mahogany campaign chest with brass handles and fittings, 101 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 112.5 cm high approx

Victorian pine chest of drawers with a long drawer at the top, above 4 small drawers and 3 larger long drawers

A superb Victorian mahogany five drawer chest. 108 cm high, 106 cm wide, 53 cm deep.

A Victorian bow front mahogany chest, second half 19th century, the chest with an extended deep top above two half drawers and three full width graduated drawers having turned timber handles with engraved mother-of-pearl button embellishments, a decorative

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 2 short & 3 long drawers, 105 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 105 cm high

Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, with long secret drawer above 2 short & 3 long drawers flanked by turned columns, 128 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 132 cm high approx

Victorian cedar chest of drawers with 8 drawers, 123 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 132 cm high

Large Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, with five long drawers.

Victorian teak campaign chest on chest with brass handles & secretaire top

A George III oak small proportion chest of five drawers, the flat front drawers all with Victorian 'gothic' inspired handles and keyhole escutcheons. Raised on short bracket feet. 88 cm x 48 cm x 79 cm

A Victorian cedar chest, mid 19th century, in dark tones, with a bullnose edged top above a central hat drawer, flanked by a pair of small drawers, with a matching deep drawer, three full width drawers below all with turned timber pull handles, and raised

Victorian mahogany secretaire chest with fitted interior above 3 long drawers, 101 cm wide, 111 cm high

A Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with turned knob handles and plinth base. Height 106 cm

A late Victorian Maple & Co. London gentleman's chest, with a raised back and centre mirror, below graduating doors, flanked by pilasters. 170 cm high, 107 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Victorian mahogany chest of drawers with 2 short over 3 long drawers, 1200cm wide, 49cm deep, 119cm high

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