Learn about Lowboy

A side table containing several drawers, usually with cabriole legs and a scalloped frieze or apron. An 18th century term, it is generally applied to American tables of this type. The opposite, one might say, to a 'tallboy'. Also used to describe a small wardrobe of 20th century origin.

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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An early George III oak lowboy, the top with elm crossbanding, the moulded edge with notched corners, three drawers in the frieze with cockbeaded edges, brass handles, raised on cabriole legs. 91 cm x 58 cm x 69 cm

Superb art deco walnut lowboy wardrobe silky oak lined, with hanging compartment to the left and drawers, shelves to the right, 110 cm wide, 62 cm deep, 153 cm high

Queen Anne walnut lowboy, with quartered veneered and crossbanded top, long frieze drawer, two short and one deep drawers below on cabriole legs with pad feet

A painted and gilt lowboy, Italian, 18th century, 72 cm high, 90 cm wide and 53 cm deep

Fine antique period walnut lowboy, fitted with three drawers, approx 78.5 cm high, 107 cm wide, 47 cm depth

George III style oak lowboy, circa late 18th century, with three drawers and original brass handles, nice colour and good patina. Height 69 cm. Width 81 cm. Depth 49 cm

Mid 18th century oak low-boy with shaped apron and pad feet

A Georgian country oak lowboy of traditional design with three drawers, the two plank top with clenched ends, on cabriole legs with pad feet. 69 cm x 48 cm x 74 cm

A George I oak four drawer lowboy, with brass handles over a shaped apron, pad feet. Height 71 cm. Width 71 cm

A George I walnut lowboy, English, circa 1710. 74 cm high, 77 cm wide, 48 cm deep

18th century black lacquer lowboy with Chinoiserie decoration with two drawers above two small drawers with later replaced brass handles. Raised on cabriole legs. Width 98 cm

A George II walnut lowboy, circa 1740, with a projecting cornice top above an arrangement of two short and three long drawers, the base set with three further drawers, raised on bracket feet 112 cm wide, 63 cm deep, 126 cm high