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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Georgian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 101 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 115 cm high approx

A small George III bow fronted mahogany chest of drawers, English, early 19th century

Antique Regency inlaid mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, 106 cm wide

Antique Georgian mahogany chest on chest, of bow front design, top and base fitted with graduating sets of drawers, 190 cm x 108 cm

A George III mahogany bow front chest, the bow front with bull nose edge above a brushing slide, three graduated with splayed feet. 82 cm high, 108 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Georgian mahogany bow front chest of 5 drawers, cross banded edge with string inlaid decoration. W:108 cm, D:53 cm, H:107 cm

An early Victorian mahogany bowfront chest, circa: 1850s, with three full width graduated cockbeaded drawers with brass pull ring handles and with a shaped skirt to front and sides and splayed legs. Height 87 cm. Width 104 cm. Depth 51 cm.

Fine antique English Regency four drawer chest, of slight bow front shape, fitted with original oval brass bale handles, standing on out swept fluted feet, 105 cm x 121 cm

A Georgian mahogany bowfront chest, circa 1820s, a small rectangular chest with a reeded top over three full width graduated and cockbeaded drawers, all oaklined and with timber knop handles, above a shaped skirt and splayed legs. Height 87 cm. Width 80 cm

A George III mahogany bow front chest, with satinwood banding, having two short and three graduated drawers, on bracket feet. Provenance: A bequest from Sir Arthur Gordon Rylah (1909-1974), to his daughter and sold by her executors 110 cm high, 100 cm wide

A Georgian chest of drawers, early 19th century, of bow front form with three full width drawers, and upon a shaped apron with conforming sides and shaped bracket feet, the drawers with cockbeading and lion embellished brass plates with swing handles. Heig

A Danish style bow front chest of drawers, c.1900, having 5 drawers with gilt metal handles, with turned bun and bracket feet base. Height 92 cm. Width 88 cm. Depth 51 cm

Victorian mahogany bow front chest of drawers fitted with brass eschutcheons, five drawers on turned bun feet

A Louis XVI style mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1940s, with a bow front profile and white marble top, three full width drawers below, two with ring handles and medallion backplates, fluted pilasters with applied pater' terminating in round tapering legs

A 19th century bowfront chest of three drawers with spiral columns and turned legs. Height 86 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 54 cm

A Victorian bowfront chest with lift up top above three drawers and shaped apron. Height 106 cm. Width 127 cm. Depth 57 cm

A French Louis XVI style kingwood commode, with a bow front, a grey marble top, above three satinwood cross banded drawers flanked by brass stringing with a shaped apron on tapering legs. 87 cm high, 97 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Vintage mahogany chest of drawers bow fronted with two short over 5 long drawers, 92 cm wide, 123 cm high

A Victorian mahogany bow front chest of five drawers raised on bun feet and turned handles. Veneer losses. Height 114 cm. Width 113 cm. Depth 52 cm

A 19th century mahogany chest of drawers, with satinwood and parquetry banded top above the bow front, cross-banded with satinwood and with pierced brass handles; on outswept feet. Height 104 cm. Width 97 cm

A George III mahogany and fruitwood strung chest of drawers, the bow front with three small drawers and three full-length drawers with brass bale handles; on bracket feet. Width 115 cm

Sheraton style bow fronted chest three drawers. String inlay. Height 87 cm. Width 77cm. Depth 50 cm

Quality mahogany polished bow fronted chest of five drawers

An early Victorian figured mahogany bow-front chest, circa 1840, the eared top above two short and three long mirror-veneered drawers and a scroll-cut apron, all flanked by turned and facetted columns. Height 133 cm. Width 133 cm. Depth 55 cm

Regency mahogany bow fronted chest of two short and three long drawers bracket feet. Height 102 cm. Width 109 cm. Provenance: Seddon Estate

19th century English bow fronted mahogany chest of three drawers

A George III figured mahogany bow-front chest of drawers, early 19th century, with two short above three graduated long drawers, all with well-figured fronts, on splayed French bracket feet. Height 104 cm. Width 107 cm. Depth 51 cm

Rare pair of antique inlaid bow front chests of drawers, inlaid stringing, 92 cm wide x 99 cm high each (2)

A George III mahogany bow-front chest of drawers, early 19th century, the well-figured top above two short and three graduated long drawers, on splayed French bracket feet. Height 105 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 57 cm.

A George III figured mahogany bow-front chest of drawers, early 19th century, the cross-banded and ebony-strung top above two short and three graduated long drawers, on shaped bracket feet, the cross-banding and feet later. Height 113 cm. Width 102 cm. Dep

A George IV mahogany bow front chest of drawers, with two short and two full length cockbeaded drawers, brass loop handles and bracket feet, 88.5 x 83.5 x 50 cm

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