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 Georgian secretaire chest of four drawers, fully fitted interior, 118x118x55 cm

A George III mahogany bowfront chest of four drawers, the graduating full width drawers each with an oval brass back plate swing handle, moulded edge detail, raised on bracket feet. 110 x 57.5 x 101 cm

A Victorian mahogany secretaire 'Campaign' chest of drawers, with four drawers, each with flush brass handles, the secretaire drawer opening to a fitted interior, turned feet, 112.5 x 117.5 x 54 cm

A fine French Louis XV style cherrywood bombe shaped four drawer chest with central slide. 96 cm high, 106 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A walnut chest of four drawers on Queen Anne legs. Height 100 cm. Width 110 cm. Depth 150 cm

Fine antique 19th century Andrew Lenehan Sydney flame cedar press on chest fitted with four drawers below

Antique English mahogany four drawer chest of drawers, standing on bracket feet, approx 90 cm high, 120 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique Pine chest of four drawers, standing on turned legs, approx 98 cm high, 99 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A stylish bamboo and ebonised four drawer tall chest, French, mid 19th century. 150 cm high, 98 cm wide, 43.5 cm deep

Antique French Louis Philippe four drawer commode, with marble top, fitted with well cast bronze mounts, approx 94 cm high, 125 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A late George III mahogany bow-front chest of drawers with reeded top edge above four drawers with turned knob handles; on outswept feet. Width 108 cm

Napoleon III ormolu mounted ebonised boulle Semainier, c. 1860 white marble overlaid top above three mock drawers forming the fall front and four drawers, the whole inlaid with cut brass on a red tortoiseshell ground, with a shaped apron and bracket feet.

A cedar four drawer chest, Australian, 1840, 82 cm high, 84 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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

Antique 18th century French Louis XV oak four drawer commode, two drawers at the top and two long drawers below, 125 cm wide, 81.5 cm high

Georgian mahogany serpentine front chest of four drawers with brushing slide. Height 86 cm, width 92 cm, depth 51 cm.

A good Continental flame mahogany chest with a green marble top, and four drawers flanked by canted corners. 71 cm high, 75 cm wide, 41 cm deep

Louis Philippe 19th century walnut four drawer chest of drawers, grey marble top, height approx 98 cm x 121 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Antique French Louis Philippe walnut chest of four drawers with grey marble top, approx 100 cm high, 130 cm wide, 57 cm deep

French 19th century empire style chest of four drawers, gilt bronze mounts and marble top, approx 94 cm high, 128 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Vintage French walnut Louis XV style marble topped chest of four drawers, with mirrored top,

Fine Georgian mahognay chest fitted with four drawers on turned feet

A fine Italian walnut and floral marquetry decorated four drawer commode with fine brass handles

South Australian colonial Germanic kitchen dresser in pine, two glazed doors above a chest of four drawers with original clear glass knobs, Barossa Valley region

Antique French figured mahogany wash stand chest, lift top with marble topped surface and four drawers below

An Italian burr walnut and parquetry four drawer commode 113.5 x 93.5 x 61.5 cm.

Antique English mahogany chest of four drawers early 19th century, approx 110 cm high, 107 cm wide

Antique English oak chest of four drawers, with recessed panelled fronts, 86 cm high

Antique French Empire chest marble topped four drawer commode, fitted with original pulls, 132 cm wide

Antique French Empire marble topped four drawer chest of drawers, 120 cm x 89 cm high

Pair of English George III style serpentine front four drawer mahogany chests. Approx 80.5 cm high, 85 cm wide, 56.5 cm D, (2)

A French second Empire commode, the black marble top, above four drawers, flanked by pilasters with ormolu capitals. 82 cm high, 84 cm wide, 51 cm deep.

A Georgian mahogany small proportion military campaign chest of four drawers in two sections, each drawer with oak lining, the fronts with beaded edging and inlaid recessed handles (some parts absent), wrought iron carry handles fixed to either side, the f

Walnut four drawer two door Wellington chest on bracket feet

Antique French Louis Philippe walnut four drawer commode with marble top, approx 97 cm high, 130 cm wide

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