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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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