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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Charles II oak chest of drawers, c. 1670, with eight drawers decorated with geometric design, resting on a chest with two drawers. Height 120 cm. Width 102 cm. Depth 60 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Phillips Harris, London, 1974

A huon pine eight drawer chest with serpentine front and carved corbels, Circa 1870. 151 cm high, 122 cm wide, 59 cm deep

19th century Colonial Australian cedar chest of eight drawers

Exceptional Tasmanian Colonial huon pine chest of eight drawers, the serpentine shaped top section with fruit carved pilasters flanking the drawers, and original moulded glass handles

19th century Tasmanian Huon pine chest fitted with eight drawers flanked by half turned columns

Late nineteenth century kauri pine chest of eight drawers on a plinth base with original colonial knobs

Antique English mahogany George III chest on chest, fitted with eight drawers of graduating size, canted stop fluted pilasters to the sides, dental moulding above, fitted with rococo style bronze and handles and escutcheons, approx 188 cm high, 112 cm wide

A huon pine eight drawer tall-boy chest, Australian, circa 1870, 128 cm high, 115 cm wide, 62 cm deep

Huon pine chest of eight drawers supported by turned columns

Eight drawer, pitch pine chest of drawers, approx 115 cm high, 54 cm wide, 33 cm D circa 1910

Antique 19th century cedar chest of eight drawers, approx 150 cm high, 121 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A French Louis Philippe style mahogany upright eight drawer chest with secretaire

Georgian style bow fronted chest on chest, with eight drawers and centre slide out shelf, 71.5 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 160.5 cm high

Early Australian colonial Huon Pine Chest of eight drawers with serpentine front, flanked by carved pilasters

A Second Empire French solicitors chest. The shaped top, above a frieze drawer with brass banding, below two banks of eight drawers, flanked by Corinthian pilasters. 159 cm high, 84 cm wide, 38.5 cm deep.

Australian colonial cedar breakfront chest of eight drawers with bobbin turned columns

Huon pine chest: eight drawers with serpentine front, carved columns & beautiful birdseye figuring. Late 19th century. H.140 x 116 x 53 cm

Antique pine chest of eight drawers, approx 130 cm high. 120 cm wide

Huon pine serpentine chest of eight drawers in original condition

Highest quality Victorian flame mahogany chest fitted with eight drawers flanked by spiral twist columns

A French 19th century rosewood chest, with a moulded cornice, above eight drawers flanked by a canted edge on a plinth with shaped feet. 155 cm high, 90 cm wide, 48 cm deep

Superb fully restored Victorian figured huon pine chest of eight drawers with carved fruit side columns, brass drop handles and serpentine top drawer

Late 19th century huon pine chest of eight drawers reeded side columns and moulded glass handles

Fine Victorian figured huon pine chest of eight drawers, carved fruit and leaf corbals, serpentine top and turned bun feet

Antique Australian cedar chest of eight drawers, fitted with bobbin turned columns, all standing on turned feet, 142cm high, 111cm wide x 52 cm D, recently fully restored

A good Colonial Scotch chest, with eight drawers and various veneers to the drawer fronts. Raised on turned feet and castors. Height 128.5 cm. Width 120 cm. Diameter 54 cm

A superb French kingwood tall chest. Surmounted by a rouge marble top with eight drawers cross banded with rosewood flanked by canted corners and ormolu corbels with carved apron and short carved legs. Height 162 cm. Length 100 cm. Depth 39 cm

A fine French 19th century mahogany and brass bound eight drawer tall secretaire chest. Height 136 cm. Length 62 cm. Depth 41 cm

A George III mahogany chest on chest, with a dentil cornice, eight drawers and a linen slide above a serpentine frieze raised on bracket feet;. Width 110 cm. Depth 57 cm. Height 190 cm

Late 19th century NZ Colonial kauri Scotch chest eight drawer combination all with burr kauri fascias, turned column supports on box base

George III mahogany bow front chest eight drawer combination on bracket feet

A George III mahogany chest on chest two sectional the stepped dentil cornice above an arrangement of eight drawers brass drop handles bracket feet 119 x 274 x 59 cm

An Australian fiddleback blackwood chest of drawers Manufacturer's plaque for W. H. Rocke & Co. Melbourne having an arrangement of eight drawers flanked by reeded stiles brass drop handles bun feet oval brass manufacturer's badge 117 x 145 x 56 cm

George IV mahogany chest on chest with eight drawers and bracket feet

19th century New Zealand Colonial Scotch chest by J. Tonson Garlick of Auckland, pattern G856. In kauri, mottled kauri and puriri, eight drawer combination on small turned feet. Reference: William Cottrell, furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era, an Ill