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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Late Georgian style chest of drawers, c.1840, mahogany bow front style with five drawers. Height 103.5 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 52 cm

A small proportion George III mahogany bowfront chest of drawers, with brushing slide above four drawers of graduated depth, each with cockbeaded edges and ebonised bun handles, raised on splay feet. 93 cm x 53 cm x 100 cm

A George III mahogany bow fronted chest-of-drawers, English circa 1800 92 cm high, 99 cm wide, 51 cm deep

An early Victorian bow front mahogany chest, with five cock beaded drawers and satinwood stringing. Supported on splayed feet. replaced handles. Height 102.5 cm. Width 1000 . Depth 50 cm

An early Victorian figured mahogany bow-front chest of drawers, circa 1840, the square-edged bow-front top with rounded 'Ears' to the corners above two short and three graduated long drawers flanked by faceted attached columns, on turned feet with a shaped

Mahogany bow front chest of five drawers. Height 104 cm. Width 104.5 cm, D.50 cm

A small George III mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, the shaped top above an arrangement of drawers on shaped bracket feet 89 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 89 cm high

A tall French Louis XV style bow fronted walnut chest with a marble top, below seven drawers flanked by canted corners, on short cabriole legs. Height 110 cm. Width 54 cm. Depth 34 cm.

A transitional style mahogany and marble topped commode, early 20th century, the bow fronted marble with three quarter brass gallery above three long drawers and a central apron, raised on slender cabriole legs joined by a shelf with pierced brass gallery,

A fine quality George IV mahogany and satinwood chest of drawers, circa 1830, the rectangular bow fronted carcass with satinwood bands and stringing to top, below three shelf drawers above a further three full width drawers, each with satinwood, string inl

A Victorian bowfront chest of drawers, with five drawers, mother of pearl inlaid handles and turned feet. Height 114 cm. Width 1050. Diameter 60 cm

A 19th century bowfront chest of drawers, the five drawers in mahogany with cross-banded detailing on splayed bracket feet. Height 115 cm. Width 107 cm. Diameter 50 cm

A Louis XV style bow fronted commode, circa 1920, set with a white marble top above three veneered drawers with ring handles flanked by gilt metal corbels all on cabriole legs with gilt feet. Height 90 cm. Width101 cm. Depth47 cm

Victorian cedar 8 drawer chest with carved corbels and bow front shirt drawer

A late Georgian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, circa 1830's. Fitted with two short drawers above two long drawers with brass ring pull handles and circular backplates standing on bracket feet. Height 89 cm. Width 88 cm. Depth 44 cm

A Victorian mahogany bowfront chest, with six cock-beaded drawers on bracket feet. Height 105 cm. Width 98 cm. Depth 50 cm

Regency mahogany bow front chest of two short and two long cock-beaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

Regency mahogany bow front chest of four graduated drawers, brass inlaid frieze on splayed bracket feet

Late Georgian bow front mahogany chest of drawers with ring pulls, two short drawers over three long, on splayed legs. Height 99 cm. Width 99 cm. Depth 50 cm.

A Georgian mahogany bowfront chest of five drawers, two across the top with three full width drawers below, deep cross banded top with brass stringing, oval brass handles and shaped apron between splay feet. Width 10.7 cm. Depth 43.5 cm. Height 105 cm

A George III mahogany bow front chest of drawers, the rectangular top, above an arrangement of graduated drawers94 cm wide. Depth 59 cm . Height 98 cm.

A fine George III flame mahogany bow front five drawer chest with fruitwood bonding on shaped legs. Height 106 cm. Length 121 cm. Depth 57 cm

A George III mahogany chest, with bow front with a brushing slide, below three graduated drawers with a shaped apron on splayed bracket feet. Height 88 cm. Length 92 cm. Depth 57 cm

A George IV mahogany bow front chest with two short and three graduated drawers with a shaped apron on splay bracket feet. Height 104 cm. Length 105 cm. Depth 53 cm

A William IV mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, two across the top with three graduated full width drawers below, turned fluted and spiral twist column mouldings, the oval brass handles marked 'Trafalgar Sacred to Nelson'. Width 120 cm. Depth 54 cm.

A George III mahogany bow front chest, with satinwood banding, having two short and three graduated drawers, on bracket feet. Width 57 cm. Length 110 cm. Height 96 cm.

A Regency mahogany and crossbanded bowfront chest of four graduated drawers on splayed bracket feet, signed in pencil to the top drawer: L.Eo. Width 103 cm. Depth 59 cm, 89 cm in diameter

A Regency mahogany and ebony inlaid bow chest of three long graduating drawers flanked by sunken padouk panels on square tapering legs and flared block feet. Width 125 cm. Depth 59 cm 108 cm in diameter

A Regency mahogany bow front chest with brushing slide above three graduating drawers on splayed bracket feet. Width 100 cm. Depth 58 cm . Height 86 cm

A small early Victorian mahogany bowfront chest of two short and two long drawers on bracket feet. Width 90 cm. Depth 52 cm . Height 87 cm

A late 19th century Egyptian revival mahogany bowfront chest fitted with three long drawers flanked by Egyptian terms, the busts titled Asenath=Isis, plinth base. Width 126 cm. Depth 56 cm . Height 85 cm

A George III mahogany bow front chest, with mahogany banded frieze above two short and three long drawers on splayed bracket feet. Width 104 cm. Depth 51 cm . Height 102 cm

A Victorian mahogany bow front chest of two short and three long graduating drawers on turned feet. Width 101 cm. Depth 53 cm . Height 120 cm

A Scottish late Regency mahogany, crossbanded and ebonised strung bow front chest of four long graduating line and dot inlaid drawers on turned front legs. Width 104 cm. Depth 56 cm . Height 101 cm

A Regency mahogany bowfront chest, with brushing slide above three graduating drawers on bracket feet. Width 101 cm. Depth 56 cm . Height 92 cm

A Regency mahogany bow front chest of two short and three long drawers on splayed bracket feet. Width 105 cm. Depth 54 cm . Height 104 cm

A mahogany bow front chest, the top with moulded edge above three long drawers, altered from a bow front tallboy. Width 114 cm x. Depth 62 cm x. Height 88 cm

A Georgian style mahogany bow fronted reproduction chest of four drawers 90 x 97 x 52 cm

A Regency mahogany bow front commode with lift up top, in the form of a chest of drawers. Height 72 cm. Width 68 cm

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