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 Regency period mahogany tallboy, 'chest on chest', early 19th century. The upper chest has three full size drawers with ovular gilt metal drop handles. The base has four full size drawers, same matching handles, and splayed feet. The draw fronts, base si
Regency mahogany chest on chest, with dentil moulded cornice, two short and three long satinwood crossbanded drawers, three further drawers to the base within quarter round fluted uprights on splayed feet
A Regency style bow front chest of drawers c.1820-1840. The chest has three drawers with turned knob handles, and front frieze panel with inlaid ebony decoration. Height 92 cm. Width 91 cm. Depth 51 cm
A Regency mahogany and line inlaid miniature chest, circa 1815, the rectangular cross banded hinged top with rounded corners and reeded edge, enclosing compartments above a false drawer and three long drawers with boxwood stringing and ivory handles, flank
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 small Georgian period mahogany flat front chest of four graduated full width drawers, Regency style with reeded top edge, oval brass handles and bracket feet. Width 86 cm. Depth 45 cm. Height 89 cm. Some surface marks
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