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 George ll mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers on stand, circa 1755, having an applied acanthus moulded rim to the bow fronted top, two half over two full width cock beaded drawers, with brass handles and escutcheons, resting on bow shaped acanthus moul
A George II walnut chest on stand, second quarter of 18th century with fruitwood line inlay, the reverse ogee moulded cornice above two short frieze drawers over three long drawers, on stand comprising two short drawers above one central drawer, flanked by
Early 18th century walnut chest on stand, a significant figured walnut chest on stand dating from early 18th century. The drawer fronts are figured walnut with pine stinging. All the drawers have their original oak linings and handles replaced, drawers are
An English early 18th century Japanned chest of drawers, originally from a chest on stand and later converted with bracket feet, the surfaces decorated in a relaxed pattern of figures, birds and flowers, in gilded raised gesso on a black background in imit
A William & Mary style chest on stand 18th century and later the chest is walnut with figured veneers, having three full size drawers and upper secretive drawer the base is a turned six leg stretcher type construction having three upper drawers. Height 144
A well-proportioned Queen Anne period walnut chest on stand. The upper section with three small drawers above three full-width drawers, cross banded and with brass escutcheons and handles. The lower section with three drawers raised on Barley-twist legs Un
George I walnut chest on stand, the upper section having two short and three long drawers, the lower section with three short drawers, a shaped fieze and four cabriole legs terminating in pad feet. Veneered with highly figured oyster walnut veneers, origin
A George II oak chest on stand, the flared pediment above a secret drawer hidden to the swollen cornice above two short and three long graduated drawers, planks to the panelled sides, the stand with a single full width drawer above a shaped apron on turned
A Ceylonese hardwood and ebony chest on stand, second half 19th century, the rectangular chest with hinged top with moulded ebony edge, the stand with two short drawers and inlaid with floral decoration, raised on substantial bulbous carved legs, 102 cm wi
A William and Mary walnut floral marquetry chest on stand, the top with panels inlaid with sprays of tulips, carnations and birds on ebonised reserves, with two short and two long drawers similarly inlaid, the stand with one long drawer on later support wi
A George II and later walnut veneered chest on stand, the top section with an arrangement of short and long drawers, above a stand with a further three deep drawers, supported on a shaped apron and cabriole legs;. Width 100 cm. Depth 60 cm. Height 147 cm
A William & Mary Laburnum chest on stand with shaped cornice, a swell frieze, below a pair of doors enclosing small drawers, on a later stand with bulbous supports and stretchers. Width 48 cm. Length 97 cm. Height 152 cm
William & Mary ash and elm chest on stand with a rectangular top, a banded edge, two short and three long graduated, feather banded drawers, a stand or two deep and one short drawer, an arched apron and bun feet. Provenance: From the Georgian Galleries, 17
A George III style oak chest on stand 19th century, of rectangular form, with an arrangement of two short and three long drawers, above a shell carved frieze, raised on cabriole legs. Width 120 cm. Depth 60 cm. Height 125 cm
A George III oak chest on stand, the cavetto moulded top above two small drawers and three further long drawers, the later base with a central shallow drawer flanked by small deeper drawers above a scrolling apron, cabriole legs and square pad feet, 193 x
A European chest on stand. Possibly Portuguese/Spanish, Eighteenth century, the large cabinet with a face of twelve cushion drawers each with fancy, pierced brass escutcheons over a carved continuous frieze, with substantial brass handles to each side and
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