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 small transitional style tulipwood chest of drawers, circa 1930s, with mottled cream marble with canted corners, two drawers with striking quarter veneer panelling and rosewood cross banding, with a shaped apron, tapering sabre legs and embellished with
A fine and elegant French mahogany Louis XVI style commode, 19th century, with a deep grey marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three full width oak lined drawers of equal depth with recessed rosewood veneer panels, raised o
A fine French transitional Tulipwood and rosewood commode, 18th century. the commode of breakfront form with a grey and amber marble top, with three oak lined drawers with book end veneer panels, stringing, laurel garland swing handles and ribbon decorated
A small 19th century English rosewood Wellington chest, six graduated drawers, plain design with carved corbels and small turned wood handles. Minor faults and lock and key missing. 58 cm x 36 cm x 180 cm
A fine quality Victorian figured walnut table top small Wellington chest, the four full width drawers with small bun handles, mahogany lining and adjustable sections, locked by the traditional vertical right hinged panel with fine ebony moulding, matching
A Napoleon III marble-topped rosewood secretaire commode, mid-19th century, the grey marble-inset rectangular top with chamfered corners above a secretaire drawer with fall-front enclosing a bird's eye maple interior fitted with small drawers, three furthe
An early 19th century rosewood flat front chest of three short over three long graduated drawers, satinwood stringing, cross banded border to the top and base edge, fancy brass pierced and scroll back plate handles, raised on bracket feet. 128 x 58 x 99 cm
A decorative French walnut tall chest with a rouge marble top above six drawers with rosewood banding and cast foliate decorated handles flanked canted corner and ormolu corbels 160 cm high, 187 cm wide 60 cm deep.
A Victorian rosewood secretaire wellington chest, labelled A. Lenehan, the rectangular top above a short drawer, full front double drawers enclosing a writing slide, pigeon holes and two short satinwood veneered drawers with ivory handles, above three furt
A French kingwood tall chest, the chest with a marble shaped top below seven drawers with rosewood cross-banding and scrolling foliate cast handles and escutcheons flanked by ormolu abbots. Height 137 cm. Length 65 cm. Depth 33 cm
A superb French kingwood tall chest. Surmounted by a rouge marble top with eight drawers cross banded with rosewood flanked by canted corners and ormolu corbels with carved apron and short carved legs. Height 162 cm. Length 100 cm. Depth 39 cm
Anglo Indian rosewood and thuya secretaire chest with a rectangular top, a rosewood border, a secretaire drawer with ivory line inlaid decoration, an arrangement of internal pigeon holes and drawers, two short and two long drawers, ring turned bun feet and
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