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 good New Zealand colonial wood scotch chest, traditional configuration with the central top hat drawer including a shaped burr totara panel flanked by three drawers above three full width drawers, all with figured timber fascias and decorative silvered m
A good 19th century Australian colonial blackwood and cedar chest with shaped top drawer, below a deep drawers flanked small curved drawers, below graduated three drawers flanked by pilasters. 139 cm high,143 cm wide 64 deep.
A quality New Zealand colonial kauri scotch chest with traditional combination of drawers with figured kauri veneers, central hat drawer with glass knob handles flanked by three drawers above three full width drawers, silvered metal handles with turned woo
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