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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English 19th century mahogany chest of drawers, with 4 long drawers, cross banded rosewood inlay and turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 119 cm high

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 Regency rosewood & various exotic inlaid timbers commode, English, circa 1810. 86 cm x 126 cm x 46 cm

Antique Regency mahogany bow front three drawer chest, with rosewood cross banding and sting inlaid banding, standing on splay bracket feet

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 Louis XV rosewood and bronze mounted bombe commode, French 18th century. 88 cm high 130 cm wide, 68 cm deep

A French 19th century rosewood chest, with a moulded cornice, above eight drawers flanked by a canted edge on a plinth with shaped feet. 155 cm high, 90 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A French 19th century rosewood tall chest, with a rouge marble top above seven drawers flanked by satinwood canted corners. 136 cm high, 94 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Victorian rosewood Wellington chest of six drawers, hinged right hand flap. Height 141 cm. Width 60 cm. Provenance: Seddon Estate

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 fine and large George IV mahogany and rosewood chest of drawers, with two concealed frieze drawers, English, circa 1820

Vintage French Louis XV style serpentine, rosewood, marquetry commode with marble top above two drawers. Height 73 cm. Width 95 cm. Depth 39 cm

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

A Victorian calamander and rosewood Wellington chest of nine drawers on a plinth base. Width 66 cm. Depth 50 cm. Height 146 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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