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 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 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 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

A George ll feather banded walnut bachelor's chest, circa 1745 and later, of small proportions, having a moulded rim to the rectangular top, brushing slide, three full width graduated drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons, supported on bracket fe

A fine George lll mahogany dressing commode, circa 1770, of serpentine form, having a moulded rim to the top, lifting to reveal an interior fitted for washing accoutrements, a full width faux drawer to the top, a central door flanked by four small drawers,

A marquetry and walnut commode, Italian, 18th century, the top with a pair of inlaid panels of a regal gentleman and a lady, possibly the King and Queen of Naples, 128 cm wide, 90 cm high, 65 cm deep

George II oak bachelors chest of neat proportions with four long graduated drawers on bracket feet

George II oak chest on chest with moulded dentille cornice, two short and three long drawers, three further long drawers to the base within fluted canted corners on bracket feet

A late Georgian mahogany chest, early 19th century, the bow fronted chest with two half width drawers and three full width drawers of graduating depth below, all cockbeaded and having cast garland ring handles upon circular backplates and raised upon sligh

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, the small chest with two half width drawers and two full width drawers below with brass ring handles, oval backplates, with cockbeading, satinwood stringing to the top and raised on decoratively curl

An Eighteenth century Georgian oak chest of five drawers with dressing shelf. Height 93 cm, width 95 cm, depth 53 cm

Antique Georgian bow front chest of drawers, mahogany with 2 short & 3 long drawers, the top with cross banded edge, 104 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 92 cm high

A Georgian style 6 drawer bow front lingerie chest. 97 cm high, 63 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique English oak early Georgian chest on stand with black Chinoiserie decoration, approx 150 cm high, 100 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A good Georgian mahogany chest, late 18th to early 19th century, a refined chest with two half width and three full width cockbeaded and oak lined drawers with brass swing handles and pierced plates, having a shaped apron and raised on bracket feet embelli

A George I walnut chest on chest having two drawers below and six drawers above. 140 cm high, 110 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany chest on chest, the upper chest with two half drawers over three full size drawers; the lower with pullout shelf, over three full size drawers, upon a bracket feet base. Height 196 cm. width 113 cm. Depth 55 cm

A George III mahogany chest on chest, circa 1820, 182 cm high, 115 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A George II oyster walnut chest of drawers, circa 1740 the oyster walnut veneer rectangular top with a design of concentric and overlapping circle string inlay, above two short and three long drawers, incised brass drop handles and escutcheons, raised on b

A fine quality walnut and parquetry gilt bronze mounted commode, Italian 18th century, 84 cm high, 127 cm wide, 66 cm deep

An 18th century style two drawer commode, rounded rectangular, with two recessed panelled doors, above cabriole supports, 130 x 82 x 56 cm

A George III flame mahogany flat front chest of five drawers, two short over three full width graduated drawers, circular brass ring and plate back handles, shaped bracket feet. 101 cm x 54 cm x 108.5 cm

George III mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers with 3 long drawers, 78 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 88.5 cm high approx

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, c.1800, comprising of two half drawers over three full size drawers, with cut and pierced, fretwork brass handles. Height 102 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 57 cm

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, having two half drawers over three full size drawers upon bracket feet plinth base. Height 82 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 52.5 cm

A Georgian mahogany chest on chest, early 19th century, and later. The chest comprises two half drawers over six full size drawers with brass handles. the top is decorated with inlay veneer frieze and similar decoration to side columns. Height 197 cm. Widt

A George III walnut chest of drawers, 80 cm high, 100 cm wide, 50 cm deep

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