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 French kingwood, bombe shape, two drawer chest of drawers, with marble top, late 19th century, the internal carcass constructed with oak timber. the drawer fronts decorated with marquetry veneer floral work, bronze ormolu handles and similar bronze decor
A Louis XV style serpentine top kingwood commode rectangular top above a bombe base with two drawers inlaid with foliate marquetry, the whole with gilt metal mounts, raised on cabriole legs, 100 x 88 x 51 cm
A pair of transitional style gilt metal mounted marble top Commodes rectangular, each with a marble top above two frieze drawers and two doors centred by foliate marquetry cartouches, 133 x 105 x 51 cm
A French kingwood and marquetry marble top, bombe chest of drawers early 20th century. The chest has two full size drawers and decorated with floral marquetry veneer work, bronze ormolu handles, and similar casting mounts. Height 88.5 cm; width 127 cm; Dep
A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry commode. The rouge marble top of serpentine form, above two drawers with floral marquetry decoration, gilt bronze handles, sides of bombe outline, with a shaped apron, on cabriole legs with ormolu sabot
A French Louis XV ormolu mounted tulipwood, amaranth and sycamore marquetry commode, circa 1750, the original shaped pale Rouge Royal marble top above two drawers, the inlay depicting a trailing vine, stamped 'Denis', 82 cm high, 100 cm wide, 43 cm deep
A Louis XV style marquetry and bronze ormolu, marble top commode. Late 19th century. The chest is a bombe shape with three full size drawers. The sides and drawer fronts are decorated with floral marquetry veneer work, with ormolu rococo style handles, esc
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
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