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.
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 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 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
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
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 William Norrie colonial New Zealand kauri and burr kauri, rewarewa scotch chest of small proportions, the central drawer flanked by two pairs of short drawers above three full width drawers, all with bun handles and original escutcheons and locks, raised
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 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
Puriri and kauri chest. Puriri veneers have been widely used on this chest making it both attractive and less common than the usual kauri and rimu variants. This chest is from the same cabinetmaking firm and matches the previous lot for which a more comple
Clarke chest c.1890 made by J Clarke in Ponsonby this useful and attractive chest is clearly labeled with its maker and location of manufacture. An original label on a piece of New Zealand furniture is very rare, adding to the historical importance of the
A kauri Colonial Scotch chest the hat drawer with a figured kauri oval recessed panel and a decoratively carved knob handle is flanked by two small drawers to either side, above three full-length drawers each of the same depth, all with figured kauri front
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
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