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 William and Mary oyster veneered walnut dwarf chest, circa 1690. The rectangular moulded top inlaid with concentric circles, above two short and three long graduated drawers, on compressed bun feet, 87 cm width x 55 cm depth 77.5 cm height.Provenance: Pu
A small William & Mary marquetry chest of drawers, English, 18th century, with central floral trophy to the top and side panels, 80 cm high, 93 cm wide, 55 cm deep. Provenance: National Gallery of Victoria, de-acquisitioned
A William & Mary style chest on stand 18th century and later the chest is walnut with figured veneers, having three full size drawers and upper secretive drawer the base is a turned six leg stretcher type construction having three upper drawers. Height 144
A William & Mary chest-on-stand, circa 1730, the cavetto moulding cornice above two short drawers and three long drawers with brass escutcheons, small swan-neck handles on a stand with central drawer flanked by two small drawers with a shaped skirt, on spi
A William and Mary walnut chest of drawers, with geometric moulded front and panel sides, two short and three long drawers, figural brass escutcheons and handles, raised on ball feet. Width 87 cm. Depth 43 cm. Height 93 cm
A William and Mary walnut floral marquetry chest on stand, the top with panels inlaid with sprays of tulips, carnations and birds on ebonised reserves, with two short and two long drawers similarly inlaid, the stand with one long drawer on later support wi
A William & Mary Laburnum chest on stand with shaped cornice, a swell frieze, below a pair of doors enclosing small drawers, on a later stand with bulbous supports and stretchers. Width 48 cm. Length 97 cm. Height 152 cm
William & Mary ash and elm chest on stand with a rectangular top, a banded edge, two short and three long graduated, feather banded drawers, a stand or two deep and one short drawer, an arched apron and bun feet. Provenance: From the Georgian Galleries, 17
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