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 18th century chest on later stand, the top with walnut veneered cross banded drawers and brass plate handles. The stand in walnut with four cabriole legs. Width 93 cm, depth 57 cm, height 126 cm.

George III walnut secretaire chest on chest, 120 cm wide, 194.5 cm high. Purchased W F Bradshaw, Queen St. Woollahra 1984.

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

A George III mahogany chest on stand, 167 cm high, 107 cm wide, 49 cm deep

George III chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 109 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 103 cm high

Antique Georgian 1790's chest on chest, Ex Northern England region, displaying fine inlaid Tunbridge banding, canted sides, oval repousse brass back plate handles, cock beaded edge to the drawers, shaped bracket feet. Fine example and clean, approx 185 cm

Antique 1740's George II walnut chest on stand. Provenance: W. H. Grindley of Grindley Potteries, from great grandson's approx 158 cm high, 113 cm wide x 59 cm deep

A George III mahogany chest, with two short and three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 88 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Windsor Antiques.

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, 18th century, with a thumbnail edge top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, decorative brass butterfly and lattice backplates and escutcheons with swing handles, the extended b

A Georgian flame mahogany cupboard on chest, late 18th century, with an extended architectural cornice with a key fret border above two panelled cupboards with striking book end veneer panels, the extended base with three long cockbeaded drawers of graduat

A Georgian mahogany chest on stand, later 18th century, in warm mellow tones with two small and three long drawers of graduating depth to an extended base with a further drawer, with cockbeading, reeded canted corners and swing brass handles and ogee brack

A William and Mary style walnut veneer chest of drawers, late 17th to early 18th century, on a pine carcass with ebony strung oyster veneer spandrels above two small and three long oak lined drawers with ebony stringing, applied brass escutcheons and hand

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, with a flat top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing handles, cockbeading and raised on a slightly extended base with shaped bracket feet. Height 95 cm. Width

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

George III mahogany bow front chest of two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splade bracket feet

George III oak chest on chest with moulded cornice, two short and three long graduated drawers, the base with two deep drawers on bracket feet

George III mahogany chest on chest with moulded dentil cornice, two short and three long graduated drawers, the base with brushing slide, three drawers below on bracket feet

George III mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

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

A good George III mahogany bachelor's chest, the flat front with narrow slide above four full width graduating drawers, shaped brass back plate swing handles, thumb moulded edges, the top with indented front corners, attractive small size and colour. 77 x

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers c.1800, having two half drawers over three full size drawers with brass handles upon bracket feet plinth base. Height 98 cm. Width 109 cm. Depth 53.5 cm

A George III mahogany chest on chest, the upper section with square fret pediment, blind fret cornice, five cock-bead edged drawers with attractive cast brass bale handles and Rococo escutcheons, flanked by fluted canted corners, the lower section with a b

A George II oak block moulded chest, the three full width drawers each with decorative geometric moulded fielded panels, brass flowerhead plate back drop handles, panelled sides, pegged construction, raised on fret cut bracket feet, good dark patina. 98 cm

A George II mahogany straight front chest of drawers, English, mid 18th century, 75 cm high, 75 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A George III mahogany chest of drawers with rectangular top above two short and three long drawers, 78 cm high, 93 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, 96 x 54 x 107 cm

A Georgian secretaire chest of four drawers, fully fitted interior, 118x118x55 cm

A George III walnut veneered chest of drawers, circa 1800, of small proportion and good patination, 88 cm high, 96 cm wide, 56 cm deep

George III mahogany bow front chest two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

George III oak flat front chest two short and three long graduated cock beaded drawers on bracket feet

George II oak flat front chest three graduated drawers on bracket feet

A George III high quality flame mahogany serpentine chest of three graduating drawers, the shaped top with circular corners to receive the plain front column supports, full width brushing slide with green linen insert, the drawers with oval back plate and

A George III mahogany bowfront chest of four drawers, the graduating full width drawers each with an oval brass back plate swing handle, moulded edge detail, raised on bracket feet. 110 x 57.5 x 101 cm

An Italian walnut four draw commode with ivory inlaid panels and stringing, 18th century, 101 cm high 149 cm wide, 69 cm deep

18th century walnut lowboy, with three frieze drawers raised on barley twist legs United by a shaped stretcher base. Width 90 cm. Provenance: from Mollies Boutique hotel, Auckland

A George III silver spirit burner frame, Paul Storr / London /, circa 1813, lacking the burner, with a pierced scalloped apron beneath a gadrooned rim, leaf capped lion's paw feet, approximately 350gms, 11.5 cm diameter

A burr walnut chest-on-stand in the 18th century German style, late 19th/early 20th century, of arbalete outline, the chest with a moulded cornice above four graduated drawers, the stand with a deep frieze drawer, raised on cabriole legs with carved decora

A George III oak chest of drawers, 78 cm high, 96.5 cm wide, 49.5 cm deep

A George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, 82 cm high, 108 cm wide, 63 cm deep

A George II cross banded walnut chest on stand, 121 cm high, 100 cm wide, 57 cm deep. Provenance: Property from the collection of the late Margaret (Maggie) Lockwood

A George ll mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers on stand, circa 1755, having an applied acanthus moulded rim to the bow fronted top, two half over two full width cock beaded drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons, resting on bow shaped acanthus moul

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