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.

Learn about Chest-On-Chest

A double-height item of furniture consisting of a chest of drawers placed on top of another chest. The lower section usually contains three drawers, the upper section having three or four long and maybe three shorter drawers across the top. The upper section sometimes has canted corners and a fairly substantial cornice. The drawers on most chests made until at least the mid-19th century were generally graduated that is, the upper drawers were quite shallow, the lower drawers becoming proportionately much deeper. Also known as a tallboy in England and Australia.

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George II oak chest on chest with moulded dentille cornice, two short and three long drawers, three further long drawers to the base within fluted canted corners on bracket feet

A George I walnut chest on chest having two drawers below and six drawers above. 140 cm high, 110 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany chest on chest, the upper chest with two half drawers over three full size drawers; the lower with pullout shelf, over three full size drawers, upon a bracket feet base. Height 196 cm. width 113 cm. Depth 55 cm

A George III mahogany chest on chest, circa 1820, 182 cm high, 115 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Fine antique 19th century Andrew Lenehan Sydney flame cedar press on chest fitted with four drawers below

Victorian mahogany press on chest with 2 upper doors containing 4 internal drawers above 2 short & 2 long drawers, 131 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 212 cm high

A Georgian mahogany chest on chest, early 19th century, and later. The chest comprises two half drawers over six full size drawers with brass handles. the top is decorated with inlay veneer frieze and similar decoration to side columns. Height 197 cm. Widt

Antique Georgian mahogany press on chest, fitted with a pair of canted corner recessed panelled doors to the top, with Greek key ogee moulded pelmet, the base fitted with two long & two short drawers with bronze bail handles, all standing on shaped bracket

Georgian mahogany chest on chest c. 1780 moulded cornice above two short and six long graduated drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons. Height 199 cm

A George II burr walnut chest on chest, circa 1750 the shaped cornice above two short and two long drawers, the lower section with three long drawers, all cross banded, reeded and canted corners, brass handles and escutcheons, on bracket feet 168 cm high,

A Georgian style oak small proportion chest on chest, raised on bracket feet, the base with three full width drawers, the top with four, curving detail to the pediment, brass drop handles with decorative back plates and keyhole escutcheons. 61 cm x 44 cm x

Antique English mahogany George III chest on chest, fitted with eight drawers of graduating size, canted stop fluted pilasters to the sides, dental moulding above, fitted with rococo style bronze and handles and escutcheons, approx 188 cm high, 112 cm wide

Victorian teak campaign chest on chest with brass handles & secretaire top

A George III period oak chest on chest, the base with two drawers above two full width drawers, the top section with two drawers above three graduated full width drawers with reeded quarter column mouldings on either side and a dentil frieze beneath the pe

Antique George III mahogany and oak chest on chest, fitted with six drawers to the top on a three long graduated drawer base, all on shaped bracket feet, approx 183 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep

19th century Anglo Indian teak chest on chest the top with three short and three long drawers, the base with three central concave drawers flanked by two small drawers on bracket feet

George III mahogany chest on chest with moulded dentille cornice, two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers, base with three graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

A Regency period mahogany tallboy, 'chest on chest', early 19th century. The upper chest has three full size drawers with ovular gilt metal drop handles. The base has four full size drawers, same matching handles, and splayed feet. The draw fronts, base si

Antique 18th century English chest on chest, the top fitted with five gradating drawers the base with three graduating drawers on shaped bracket feet, approx 179 cm high, 97 cm wide

Antique figured walnut cabinet on chest, shaped ogee moulded pediment above a single cushion drawer, the two inlaid feather banded cabinet door opening to reveal a multi drawer fitted interior, drawers with feather banding with figured walnut veneer fronts

A Georgian oak provincial chest on chest, early 19th century, in honey toned oak having an extended shaped cornice above two half and six full width drawers of graduating depth all with mahogany cross banded edges and stringing, swing brass handles and con

A Georgian mahogany chest on chest, fitted with a top carved goose neck pedement, 9 drawers with brushing slide on bracket feet

Regency mahogany chest on chest, with dentil moulded cornice, two short and three long satinwood crossbanded drawers, three further drawers to the base within quarter round fluted uprights on splayed feet

A rare Georgian Chippendale mahogany chest on chest, the top section with two small drawers and three graduated full width drawers, the base with brushing slide and three graduated full width drawers, flanked by blind fretwork, the architectural 'breakarch

Georgian mahogany chest on chest, the base with four long drawers, lion ring handles, the top with central inlaid floral panel, shapes sides and pediment, mirror insets, four long and two short drawers. Approx 207 cm high, 112 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A 19th century mahogany chest on chest with a moulded cornice with dentil moulding, above two short and three graduated drawer, the lower section with a brushing slide above graduated drawers on bracket feet. 192 cm high, 109 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A superb George III mahogany chest on chest, with a moulded cornice, above two short and three graduated drawers, the lower with secretaire drawer and graduated drawers below supported on four bracket feet

Georgian style bow fronted chest on chest, with eight drawers and centre slide out shelf, 71.5 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 160.5 cm high

English country pine press on chest, two doors over three drawers, 19th century. Height 195 cm, width 120 cm, depth 55 cm

Antique Georgian mahogany chest on chest, of bow front design, top and base fitted with graduating sets of drawers, 190 cm x 108 cm

Victorian cedar chest on chest, with 5 drawers, 98.5 cm wide, 62 cm deep, 105.5 cm high

Rare antique Georgian III inlaid mahogany chest on chest of drawers, the top lifts to reveal a open box compartment, the two faux drawer fronts, above two short and two long graduating drawers, all standing on shaped bracket feet. 140 cm high x 130 cm wide

Antique English mahogany faux press on chest, two door press, 202 cm high, 139 cm wide

A Georgian oak book-press, on chest, English, early 19th century. 174 cm high, 72 cm wide, 44 cm depth

A George III mahogany chest on chest, with moulded cornice, with carved dentil moulding, above two short graduated drawers, the lower section with three graduated drawers on bracket feet. 188 cm high, 109 cm wide, 61 cm deep

Georgian mahogany chest on chest three short over 6 long drawers, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep, 184 cm high

A Victorian mahogany bookcase on chest, two glazed doors over three drawers 116 x 55 x 204 cm

A 19th century English mahogany chest on chest the base with three drawers on bracket feet, the upper section with five drawers and dentil moulded pediment, brass swan necked handles. Some old restorations. Height 286 cm. Width 114 cm. Depth 58 cm

Antique French secretaire cabinet on chest with cabinet above secretaire with three internal drawers and leather insert top, three large drawers below. 172 cm high, 96 cm wide

A George III mahogany secretaire chest on chest, the dentil carved cornice with later broken arch pediment above three short drawers and three long graduated drawers flanked by fluted canted corner, above fold out secretaire drawer enclosing an arrangement

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