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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A Louis XV style kingwood marquetry commode, circa 1870’s, with a serpentine rouge flecked marble top above three full width drawers of similar profile with reserved floral inlay, similarly embellished to the sides with hipped edges flowing to slight

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated two drawer marble top commode. 78 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A fine French kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped marble top commode. 83 cm high, 101 cm wide, 44 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine French kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped commode. 85 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry commode. 84 cm high, 66 cm wide, 43 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine French Louis VX style kingwood and floral marquetry two drawer bombe shaped commode. 84 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A fine Louis XV style late 19th century commode, of serpentine outline with marble a top above three drawers with floral marquetry on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 90 cm high, 114 cm wide, 55 cm deep.

A French marquetry and kingwood serpentine front commode with marble top, 19th century, 88 cm high, 130 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A fine Louis XVI style marquetry secretaire À abbatant, 19th century, in mahogany and tulipwood and fashioned as a semainier, with a marble top, curved edges, a fall front with a bird's eye maple fitted interior and four drawers below, a shaped apron w

Late 19th century French kingwood and marquetry small chest rouge marble top with pierced brass gallery, three drawers on circular tapering legs

A two drawer commode with central marquetry inlay featuring antique musical instruments.. Provenance: Purchased from Ros Palmer Interiors 1995

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode. 81 cm high, 99 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry decorated bombe shaped two drawer marble top commode. 84 cm high, 79 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry three drawer commode, of compact proportions, decorated overall with floral inlaid panels, 81 x 42 x 32 cm

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry four drawer commode, 99 x 93 x 43 cm

A marquetry and walnut commode, Italian, 18th century, the top with a pair of inlaid panels of a regal gentleman and a lady, possibly the King and Queen of Naples, 128 cm wide, 90 cm high, 65 cm deep

French floral marquetry three drawer commode, bronze mounts, approx 85 cm high, 110 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode with fine ormolu mounts. 190 cm high, 110 cm wide, 60 cm deep

An impressive French Louis XV style bombe shaped kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode having fine ormolu mounts and shaped marble top. 96 cm high, 104 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry two drawer marble top commode. 84 cm high, 85 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated bombe shaped commode with shaped marble top. 84 cm high, 72 cm wide, 36 cm deep

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 French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped commode with marble top. 85 cm high, 98 cm wide, 45 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated commode. 86 cm high, 125 cm wide, 53 cm deep.

A contemporary kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode. 84 cm high,115 cm wide, 52 cm deep.

A French late 19th century walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode, shaped marble top. 83 cm high,65 cm wide,41 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and marquetry bombe shaped three drawer marble top commode. 81 cm high,115 cm wide,53 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode with marble top and fine bronze mounts. 90 cm high,116 cm wide,55 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style bombe shaped kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer marble top commode. 92 cm high, 130 cm wide, 60 cm deep.

Vintage French marble topped floral marquetry two drawer commode, approx 84 cm high, 82 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Vintage French marble topped floral marquetry three drawer commode, approx 83 cm high, 75 cm wide, 38 cm deep

A fine walnut and specimen wood marquetry and parquetry commode, Northern Italian, circa 1770 with original enamelled and hexagonal handle detail. 82 cm high, 121 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Fine quality French floral marquetry marble topped commode, approx 91 cm high, 100 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Fine French Louis XV style marble topped floral marquetry two drawer commode, approx 84 cm high, 117 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A Continental marquetry bombe commode chest, early 20th century. 90 cm high, 106 cm wide, 70 cm deep

A fine French transitional walnut and marquetry commode, with a marble top, with two drawers, on tapering legs, with ormolu sabots. 87 cm high, 95 cm long, 45 cm deep

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 Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted marquetry inlaid marble top commode, French, 20th century, 60 cm high, 105 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Vintage French marble topped floral marquetry three drawer commode, approx 96 cm high, 100 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut floral marquetry commode, with a marble top, bombe outline, with a shaped marble top above two drawers. 84 cm high, 121 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A French kingwood and marquetry inlaid tall chest, with a marble top, above seven drawers with ormolu mounts. 139 cm high, 58 cm wide, 37 cm deep

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