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.
An Anglo Indian teak secretaire campaign chest, late 19th century, with brass fittings and carry handles, the central fall front drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers, flanked by short drawers above lower section of three drawers, 107 width x 51.5 dept
A Victorian cedar secretaire Wellington chest. Later 19th century, the chest with six drawers of differing depths, one with a faux front serving as a fold down writing plane and concealing two half width drawers and four pigeon holes, with acanthus carved
Secretaire chest Australian cedar c1835. Sydney, plate 36 Australian furniture a guidebook by John Buttsworth, illustrated in nineteenth century Australian furniture plates 51 and 52. Sydney origin, the rectangular top above a stepped front with a generous
An Anglo Indian Secretaire campaign chest, camphor wood and brass, second quarter of the 19th century, separating into two sections, the upper section having a fall front secretaire drawer flanked by a single and two smaller drawers respectively, below whi
A Victorian mahogany secretaire Wellington chest c.1870-1880. The chest has six drawers, with two interior half size drawers. The third drawer has a pull-out secretaire hinged front, with tooled leather writing surface. Height 118 cm; width 61 cm; Depth 41
A French walnut secretaire chest, the marble top above a secretaire drawer with a fitted interior, above brass banded graduated drawers flanked by fluted pilasters on turned feet. 140 cm high, 74 cm wide, 39 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
Secretaire: A fine & rare chest, cedar with rose mahogany veneered front & satinwood pigeonhole interior, circa late 1830s early 1840s. Unusual French influenced front feet, pilaster corners with scrolling leafy capitals. New South Wales origin. Height 122
A good 19th century mahogany secretaire campaign chest. Two section split form, with secretaire. The fall enclosing birdseye maple drawers and pigeon holes, red leather inset writing surface, all above three long drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapp
A 19th century mahogany military campaign chest of unusual configuration, by the 'Army & Navy C.S.L. (Makers)', in a configuration of two drawers above three of full width, the upper section right hand drawer opening as a secretaire and with an interior fi
A teak military secretaire chest, the upper section with a full width drawer, the front opening to reveal pigeon holes and small drawers, above two drawers of half width, the lower section with two drawers of full width, all with recessed brass handles, br
Antique mahogany secretaire chest of drawers, paperwork from Copperfield Antiques provided 'C.1830'. Fall front secretaire with fitted interior and leather insert writing surface flanked by two short drawers, with three long drawers below. Spiral twist car
A 19th century mahogany secretaire campaign chest, of two section form with a secretaire drawer, the fall enclosing drawers and pigeon holes, above three drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapping and handles, raised on short turned legs. 101 cm high,
A good 19th century mahogany secretaire campaign chest, traditional split form with secretaire fitted with birdseye maple drawers and pigeon holes, green baize inset writing surface, all above three full width drawers, inset brass corner capping, strapping
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
Writing bureau chest of drawers, c.1880, mahogany constructed with two smaller side drawers opposite, large false main drawer, with fold-out bureau, having green leather writing insert interior comprises birds eye maple secretaire with various fitted drawe
A 19th century Anglo-Indian camphor wood military split chest, the top section with deep single secretaire drawer, the fall front revealing fitted interior and a leatherette writing surface above two deep full width drawers, recessed brass handles, corners
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
A George VI mahogany secretaire chest of drawers, the rectangular top above a secretaire drawer opening to a fitted interior, below three long drawers, on ogee bracket feet. Provenance Hurnall's high Street Prahran.108 cm high, 110 cm wide, 57 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
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