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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A European serpentine fronted oak three drawer chest of drawers, 18th century, 80 cm high, 92 cm wide, 44 cm deep

Late 19th century French kingwood and marquetry small chest rouge marble top with pierced brass gallery, three drawers on circular tapering legs

An Anglo Indian teak secretaire campaign chest, late 19th century, with brass fittings and carry handles, the central fall front drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers, flanked by short drawers above lower section of three drawers, 107 width x 51.5 dept

A French Louis XV style walnut bombe shaped three drawer marble top commode. 88 cm high, 112 cm wide, 51 cm deep

An impressive French Louis XV style bombe shaped kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode having fine ormolu mounts and shaped marble top. 96 cm high, 104 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A French 19th century Louis XV style walnut and cross banded three drawer marble top commode. 86 cm high, 82 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A contemporary kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode. 84 cm high,115 cm wide, 52 cm deep.

A French Louis XVI style walnut three drawer commode with marble top. 85 cm high,63 cm wide,38 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and marquetry bombe shaped three drawer marble top commode. 81 cm high,115 cm wide,53 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style bombe shaped kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer marble top commode. 92 cm high, 130 cm wide, 60 cm deep.

A French Louis XVI style three drawer commode. 90 cm high, 120 cm wide, 60 cm deep.

Vintage French Louis XV painted bombe shape three drawer commode, fitted with bronze handles and mounts, approx 87 cm high, 124 cm wide, 55 cm deep

French. Provincial chest of drawers 19th century with tapered fluted legs, white painted, three drawers, bevelled mirror top, brass decorative handles (A/F). Height 83.8 width 79.5 depth 46.4. Provenance: Collection of Margot Montgomery

French marble topped three drawer commode, approx 83 cm high, 80 cm wide, 44 cm deep

Vintage French marble topped floral marquetry three drawer commode, approx 83 cm high, 75 cm wide, 38 cm deep

A 19th century French polychrome painted three drawer chest and a similar mirror the commode 19th century with later components, comprising three drawers carved with recessed panels, the whole painted with blue-grey panels on a pale grey ground; together w

Antique late 19th century French marble topped three drawer bombe commode, parquetry decoration, large bronze mounts, approx 82 cm high, 127 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A French transitional mahogany three drawer secretaire commode. 96 cm high, 128 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A fine French Louis XV style walnut parquetry and bombe shaped three drawer commode with marble top and bronze mounts

An early George III oak lowboy, the top with elm crossbanding, the moulded edge with notched corners, three drawers in the frieze with cockbeaded edges, brass handles, raised on cabriole legs. 91 cm x 58 cm x 69 cm

French Louis XVI walnut commode, 18th century, of three drawers. Height 83 cm, width 116 cm, depth 52 cm

A French painted bombe commode serpentine, with three drawers, painted scenes traverse with lake scene, 112 x 94 x 55 cm

A mahogany bedside chest, the chest with an extended top and gadrooned edging above three drawers with pairs of turned handles flanked by rounded and reeded edges above an extended plinth base. Height 58 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 47 cm

Very large French marble topped three drawer commode, approx 103 cm high, 179 cm wide, 67 cm deep

Vintage French marble topped floral marquetry three drawer commode, approx 96 cm high, 100 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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

Antique 18th century French walnut three drawer commode, shaped front, fitted with bronze drop bail handles, 127 cm wide, 86 cm high, 61 cm depth

Antique late 19th early 20th century French parquetry marble topped three drawer commode, approx 71 cm long, 91 cm high

French marble topped three drawer commode, approx 85.5 cm high, 89 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A fine walnut three drawer bombe commode, French Provincial, circa 1750, with original bronze handles and key escutcheons. 84 cm high, 118 cm wide, 63 cm deep

A French Louis XV style commode. Bombe shape with a rouge marble top, above three drawers with ormolu mounts. 85 cm high, 132 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A hardwood multi-drawer chest, 19th /20th century of rectangular form, the top inset with a burlwood panel within the flush frame, the front with three tiers of two and three drawers above a single lower drawer, the face of each in burlwood and centred wit

Louis XV style Italian bombe three drawer commode, marble top. Bronze handles and protection edges in the form of faces, circa 1910, approx 80 cm high, 125 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted kingwood serpentine commode with a shaped marble top, above a bombe body with three drawers, cabriole supports, 127 x 80 x 53 cm

Inlaid vintage mahogany small chest with three drawers, measures 38 cm x 53 cm x 62 cm

Antique French kingwood parquetry chest with marble top gilt metal mounts three drawers, measures 89 cm high, 100 cm wide, 45 cm deep

An antique inlaid mahogany marble top commode of small proportions with three drawers and ormolu mounts

A 19th century Biedermeier satin birch commode, the black marble top above three drawers flanked by black pilasters. 93 cm high, 104 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A French transitional period commode with a yellow marble top above three drawers with brass banding. 83 cm high, 129 cm wide, 58 cm deep

An important French 19th century Louis XV walnut and kingwood commode. Bombe shape with a marble top, ormolu mounts and three drawers. 86 cm high, 126 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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