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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Regency oak and mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated drawers with serpentine shaped apron and original ebonised bun handles

Regency mahogany bowfront chest of three long drawers on bracket feet.

Antique English Regency five drawer chest of drawers, approx 104 cm high, 94 cm wide

Regency mahogany bow front chest of two short and four long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

Regency flat front chest of two short and three long graduated drawers on bracket feet

A Regency rosewood & various exotic inlaid timbers commode, English, circa 1810. 86 cm x 126 cm x 46 cm

Regency mahogany flat front chest with two short and two long graduated cockbeaded drawers on turned feet

Regency mahogany bowfront chest with three short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers within reeded supports

Antique bow front Regency four drawer chest, approx 92 cm high, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep

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

Antique Regency mahogany bow front three drawer chest, with rosewood cross banding and sting inlaid banding, standing on splay bracket feet

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 mahogany bow fronted chest of five drawers, two short drawers over three graduated long drawers 105 x 52.5 x 106.5 cm

Regency mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, three long and two short drawers, oval swing handles. Approx 102 cm high, 90.5 cm wide, 49 cm deep

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

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

Antique Regency mahogany secretaire chest of drawers, 108 cm wide x 106 cm high

Antique Regency faded mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1820's, 97 cm wide x 87 cm high

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

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

A Regency campaign chest of four drawers, brass handles and corners, recessed front handles. Length 92 cm. Width 70 cm

A Regency period chest of drawers, English, circa 1810 110 cm high, 110 cm deep, 54 cm deep

An Anglo-Indian inspired Regency chest of drawers, English, circa 1800. 102 cm high, 102 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Regency mahogany chest of drawers, with string ebony inlay, two short drawers over four long drawers, raised on turned feet. Height 116 cm. Width 123 cm. Depth 61 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

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

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

Colonial cedar five drawer chest of drawers in a Regency manner, serpentine shaped to the front with full turned column to base

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 Regency mahogany chest of two short and three long drawers on splayed bracket feet. Width 107 cm. Depth 51 cm. Height 106 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 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

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

A Regency mahogany bow front chest of drawers. Width 115 cm. Depth 53 cm. Height 125 cm

Regency mahogany bow front chest five drawer combination on bracket feet

A large Regency mahogany bow front chest of drawers the rectangular top with bowed front above a satinwood and line inlaid frieze over four long graduated drawers, above a shaped apron and splayed feet. Width 119 cm. Depth 56.5 cm. Height 112 cm

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