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
A Louis XV style kingwood marquetry commode, circa 1870’s, with a serpentine rouge flecked marble top above three full width drawers of similar profile with reserved floral inlay, similarly embellished to the sides with hipped edges flowing to slight
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 fine Louis XVI style marquetry secretaire À abbatant, 19th century, in mahogany and tulipwood and fashioned as a semainier, with a marble top, curved edges, a fall front with a bird's eye maple fitted interior and four drawers below, a shaped apron w
A pair of Louis XV Tulipwood inlaid bombe Commodes, 19th century, with Brèche d'Alep marble tops of serpentine profile above two book end veneer and floral inlaid drawers with rocaille cast cartouches, similarly decorated to the sides and raised on hip
A Louis XV palisander commode, 18th century, with a rouge de Languedoc serpentine marble top above three drawers of conforming profile decorated with broad feather and crossbanded veneers utilising the vigorous figuration of the timber, a shaped apron and
A fine Louis XV style kingwood bombe commode, later 19th century, of generous proportions with a striking and vigorously figured pale grey, rouge and tan marble top above two deep oak lined drawers with floral inlay, book end veneer panels to the sides wit
An antique Louis XV style fruitwood commode, 18th century, with a grey white striated top of serpentine profile with three conforming panelled drawers embellished with pierced gilt bronze foliate scroll pull handles and rocaille escutcheons, with a shaped
A Louis XV mahogany commode, 19th century, with a grey white marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three panelled drawers with brass bracket swing handles upon hexagonal mounts, raised on tapering feet and toupie feet. Height
A small and elegant Louis XVI style mahogany commode, circa 1930s, of semi-circular profile with a white flecked marble top and a brass pierced gallery and trim above three small panelled drawers, similarly decorated to the sides, with petite brass button
A fine and elegant French mahogany Louis XVI style commode, 19th century, with a deep grey marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three full width oak lined drawers of equal depth with recessed rosewood veneer panels, raised o
A small Louis XV style Tulipwood inlaid commode, early 20th century, with a mottled amber marble top of serpentine profile above two feather banded floral inlaid and strung drawers, similarly decorated to the sides, with a shaped apron, hipped curvaceous l
A Louis XV kingwood gilt metal mounted marble topped commode with two short drawers above two long drawers with bold gilt metal bail handles with mythical masks, late 18th century; 84 cm high, 125 cm wide, 60 cm deep
A fine Louis XV kingwood bombe commode, circa 18th century, with a bow front Breche D'Alep marble top above two half and two full width oak lined drawers, with quarter veneer panels and cross banding throughout, and embellished with ribbed rope swing handl
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