Learn about Chiffonier

An early 19th century innovation, chiffoniers continued to be made virtually until the end of the Victorian period. It usually consists of a two-door cupboard, with a long cutlery drawer and a shaped back, with one or two shelves, supported by spindles for ornaments and such like. Regency chiffoniers were quite small and delicate, with the doors often decorated with pleated silk behind brass grilles. The backs were usually square, sometimes with a triangular pediment, although from the 1820s they often featured the carved Regency scroll. Many Australian cedar versions have simple Doric columns and recessed panelled doors. Victorian chiffoniers tended to take on the characteristics of the Rococo revival with a notable increase in carved ornament and scrollwork around the serpentine-shaped backs, and the size became more substantial. Some were of breakfront design. During the later part of the 19th century, they tended to supplant the sideboard in many dining rooms. While some early chiffoniers had marble tops, usually white in colour, most available on the Australian market have solid timber tops.

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Early 'Germanic' Australian cedar chiffonier with carved 'Thomas Hope' style scrolled back piece and shield shaped panel doors

Early Victorian Australian cedar chiffonier C:1845, with 1 drawer and 2 doors, 118.5 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 144 cm high. See Simpson & Fahy, Australian Furniture, page 286 & 287

William Champion Rare Tasmanian cedar chiffonier, beautifully proportioned and crafted with hexagonal columns, flame cedar panels, finely turned supports, cross banded edge and unusual tri-form drawer profile, rich patina with original polish, circa 1845,

A West Australian Colonial, two door jarrah, chiffonier, c.1880s and later, having a single full size drawer over lower two door, cupboard, the top, sides panels and backboard manufactured with single board construction. Height 135 cm. Width 120 cm. Depth

An Australian cedar chiffonier with full turned columns, circa 1860, 153 cm high, 107 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A Victorian cedar chiffonier. Mid 19th century. Of typical form with an arched back with a pierced carved crest and scrolling frame, a full width shelf with baluster supports, the lower section with bull nose edging, an ogee profile frieze drawer and two c

A colonial solid mottled kauri chiffonier sideboard, the two arched panelled doors with bobbin moulded borders, the single full width drawer with bombe front, the back with carved and pierced pediment and serpentine open shelf, restrained leaf and scroll c

A Victorian cedar chiffonier, second half 19th century, the chiffonier with an arched and scroll decorated back with a shaped shelf and turned supports, the top with thumbnail edging above a pair of ogee shaped drawers and panelled cupboards with side corb

An Australian cedar chiffonier circa 1870 with applied decoration to back board and corbells to base. Height 165 cm. Width 110 cm. Depth 50 cm

An Australian cedar chiffonier, late 19th century. 156 cm high, 122 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A mid-Victorian cedar chiffonier, with a bow-front central drawer, single shelf on turn supports and prolific applied decoration to back 160 cm high, 104 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A West Australian Colonial jarrah two door chiffonier, c.1870-1880, and later constructed with single board side panels, shield panel door fronts, upon a plinth base the back board has a single shelf supported by finely turned finial and columns. Height 14

A cedar chiffonier, Tasmanian, circa 1840, 147 cm high, 102 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Colonial kauri chiffonier up stand back with serpentine shaped single frieze drawer over mottled panelled cupboards on a platform base.

Victorian cedar chiffonier with ornately carved back, 1 long drawer and 2 doors, 107 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 163 cm high

Cedar chiffonier, with 1 drawer and 2 doors, 106 cm wide, 150 cm high approx

A rare West Australian Colonial jarrah chiffonier c.1880. Maker unknown. Provenance: Gallop House Dalkeith. The chiffonier is constructed with a full size drawer over a lower two door cupboard. The base has shield type panelled doors, flanked by two boldly

A Victorian cedar chiffonier, circa 1860s, having a shaped and scrolled back with a pierced cartouche above a serpentine shelf with turned supports, a frieze drawer with an ogee profile above two doors with applied shield form panels flanked by corbels and

A Victorian cedar chiffonier, circa 1860s, with an arched back, applied scroll decorations with crest, a shaped ledge and a conforming bow fronted top enclosing a frieze drawer above two panelled doors flanked by corbels and upon a plinth base. Height 157

Australian full cedar chiffonier, approx 143 cm high, 116cm wide

A small Victorian style cedar chiffonier, 20th century, with a scroll carved arched back with decorative crest above a frieze drawer with two panelled doors flanked by corbels and opening to a single shelf, raised on a plinth base. Height 138 cm. Width 88

Rare West Australian Colonial jarrah chiffonier, c.1880's, by Edwin F. Duffield, working Fremantle, 1869 - 1891, the chiffonier is constructed of two drawers over a two door lower cupboard, with figurative dark grain, panelled doors, good overall colour an

Late 19th century Australian cedar and flame mahogany three door chiffonier

Antique Australian inlaid specimen wood chiffonier, inlaid with various timbers, 128 cm wide x 48 cm depth

An Australian cedar chiffonier, circa 1850, the back with single shelf and scrolling anthemion above a rectangular top with single frieze drawer and two cupboard doors with pointilated arch panels raised on toupie feet, 111 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 148 cm high

Early 19th century Australian cedar chiffonier. Scrolled backboard bearing single shelf on turned columns. Shield mounted doors (splits) flanked by Doric columns raised on turned bun feet. Provenance: Lawsons, 1995 catalogued as 'Reflecting the Influence o

A mid 19th century Australian cedar chiffonier the mirrored back with five bevelled plates and shelves supported on ring turned columns above a rectangular top over an ogee long drawer and a pair of recessed panelled cupboard doors flanked by turned taperi

Antique mid 19th century Australian cedar two door chiffonier, fitted with shield panelled door fronts, two drawers and carved back with single shelf and S scroll supports, height 156 cm. Width 118 cm

Approx. 1850's Tasmanian cedar chiffonier with shield panel doors and half column front with later applied back panel and shelf

A Victorian cedar chiffonier, of typical form with a shaped back above the rectangular top, frieze drawer, and pair of cabinet doors. Height 156 cm. Width 103 cm. Depth 47 cm

Colonial cedar chiffonier. Carved shelf and backboard. Full length drawer and two door cabinet under. Unrestored. Length 106 Depth 47 height 158 cm

West Australian Art Nouveau style chiffonier c. 1910 and later, maker unknown, south West region jarrah, pine and sheoak construction, with two half turned side columns, brass handles, top shelf supported by four turned spindles, carved Art Nouveau motifs,

Australian cedar Colonial chiffonier, c. 1880 maker unknown with large single drawer, two door lower cupboard height: 167 cm; width 92.5 cm;. Depth 47.5 cm

Victorian mahogany chiffonier, circa 1870, the foliate carved splash back above single shelf, supported by turned columns, the lower section set with double glazed doors with silk curtains to the rear, flanked by acanthus leaf-topped pillars standing on a