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 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.
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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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