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

A good quality William Norrie New Zealand colonial kauri scotch chest, with mottled facings, the central top hat drawer with a pair of small drawers on either side and three deep full width drawers below, rounded side edges, deep plinth top, short turned l

A late Victorian kauri Scotch chest with burr kauri drawers and original handles and escutcheons. Height 121.5 cm. Width 114 cm. Depth 52 cm

A New Zealand colonial mottled kauri scotch chest, the five top short drawers with crossbanded detail above three full width drawers, all with fancy silvered drop handles, rounded corners to the top, sides and platform base. 120 cm x 50.5 cm x 128 cm

A good quality N.Z. colonial kauri Scotch chest, with mottled facings, the central top hat drawer with a pair of small drawers on either side and three deep full width drawers below, rounded side edges, deep plinth top, short turned legs and original wood

A good quality New Zealand colonial kauri Scotch chest, the central top hat drawer with two small drawers either side and three full width drawers below, mottled facings (the top hat drawer with burr totara), original glass and metal handles, rounded corne

A good quality New Zealand timbers Scotch chest, in solid mottled kauri, solid rewarewa and figured timber veneers, configured as a central deep hat drawer flanked by two pairs of drawers above three graduated depth drawers of full width, the central hat d

A late 19th century kauri pine chest of drawers, with here long drawers on turned feet 89 cm width, 40 cm depth, 85 cm high

A good late 19th century kauri pine chest of drawers, with two central short drawers flanked by two deep drawers above graduated set of three, all with mother of pearl inlay handles 118 cm width, 52 cm depth, 133 cm high

Rare 19th century kauri pine specimen chest of drawers with eight graduating full width drawers

Antique kauri pine chest of drawers two short over three drawers, 104 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 128.5 cm high

An N.Z. colonial kauri and mottled kauri scotch chest, traditional configuration of four various short drawers overhanging the three full width drawers with carved scroll supports, bracket plinth base, thumb moulded top border, decorative silvered swing ha

Antique kauri pine chest of drawers two short over two long drawers, 107 cm wide, 45.5 cm deep, 96.5 cm high

A kauri brass bound five drawer campaign chest, divided into two for carrying with four iron side handles. Height 102 cm. Width 101 cm

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 late 19th century New Zealand colonial timbers scotch chest, the rectangular kauri top with thumb moulded edge, traditional drawer configuration with four short above three full width drawers, exotic burr veneers, rewarewa detail, decorative silvered met

A good late 19th century New Zealand colonial timbers scotch chest, the kauri top with curved corners, stripe banded exotic timber capping to the top edge and front corners, the traditional drawer configuration with four short drawers above three full widt

A kauri chest of drawers with panel fronted doors with moulded sides 113 x 55 x 143 cm

A rare model colonial kauri gum chest of drawers, the two full width drawers with bun handles and hand form pulls, shaped panelled sides, raised on four claw feet, the top with fancy upstand back and oversized turned finials, highlights of cherub and flora

A kauri and Totara veneer Scotch 9 drawer chest, turned column supports, concealed drawer under top. Height 146 cm. Width 120 cm.

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

A rare New Zealand colonial figured kauri military type chest of two sections with two drawers above a single drawer on a base section of two full. Width drawers, all solid figured kauri with brass recessed handles, corners and fittings. Height 95 cm. Widt

A good quality New Zealand colonial kauri Scotch chest with central top hat drawer, pair small drawers either side and three full width drawers below, mottled facings with burr Totara panel to the top hat drawer, turned wood handles, thumb nail moulded top

A New Zealand colonial chest, solid mottle top, sides and front, tophat drawer with pair small drawers either side and three graduated full width drawers below, rounded front corners, deep thumbnail top edge, original metal handles and plinth base. Width 1

A mottled kauri chest of four drawers, bun handles, brass escucheons on bun feet. Height 89 cm. Width 102 cm

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

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