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.
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
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 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 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
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
A painted satinwood bow front commode, English, 19th century, with concealed central aperture flanked with two shelved compartments, 90 cm high, 102 cm wide, 65 cm deep. Provenance: The Estate of the Late Annie Coogan
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
A Georgian mahogany bow front chest, early 19th century, the chest with four full width oak lined cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth, with turned handles and kite shaped bone escutcheons, above a shaped apron and splayed bracket legs. Height 92 cm. Wid
Georgian mahogany bow front chest of drawers, round wood pulls inset with mother of pearl, having two short drawers over three long drawers, raised on bun feet, height 110 cm, width 110 cm, depth 51 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Julie Biber
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