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.

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An unusual mahogany chest of drawers, French, early 19th century, with applied ornate ormolu escutcheons, 82 cm high, 90 cm wide, 50 cm deep

George II mahogany & oak chest of drawers, with 3 small and 3 long drawers, 96 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 93.5 cm high

A Louis XV style mahogany bombe chest, circa 1930, with a Breche D'Alep serpentine marble top above two full-width drawers with inlaid reserves in contrasting timbers, similar to the sides, a shaped apron, hipped edges flaring to tapering curvaceous le

A small French mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, with a grey flecked marble top, a frieze drawer and two deeper drawers, all oak lined and cockbeaded, the lower drawers flanked with fluted designs and having bracket handles, raised on baluster and b

Chest of drawers, mid 19th century, English flame mahogany, twin smaller top drawers, over three full width drawers, on block feet

A Victorian mahogany chest. Victorian, circa 1860, mahogany on pine, six drawers on solid plinth

George III mahogany flat front chest two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

George III mahogany bow front chest with brushing slide, four graduated cockbeaded drawers below on splayed bracket feet

Victorian mahogany Coulmn chest with ogee frieze drawer, two short and three long drawers below within slightly tapering column supports

George III mahogany bow front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

George III oak and mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded and crossbanded drawers on bracket feet with original escutcheons and handles

George III mahogany flat front chest with wide crossbanded top, two short and three long graduated cock beaded drawers on bracket feet

George III mahogany bow front chest with two short and three long cock beaded drawers on splayed bracket feet.

An early 19th century flame mahogany chest, with six drawers, and veneered borders. Applied with decorative brass fittings.

A late Georgian chest of five drawers, in mahogany and standing on splayed bracket. Work required. Height 99 cm, length 91 cm, depth 45 cm.

A Victorian mahogany and walnut chest of drawers, two half drawers over three full width drawers, the front with burr walnut veneer, the curved sides with matching walnut, on plinth base, turned wood handles. 118 cm x 50 cm x 120 cm

A Victorian mahogany chest of five drawers, oak secondants, original knobs & lock intact, restored, working order, minor repairs needed, 107 x 113 x 54 cm

A provincial mahogany and pine chest of drawers with mother of pearl inlay, English, 19th century, 123 cm high, 131 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Fine quality Victorian mahogany chest fitted with seven drawers

A c.1880 antique English mahogany chest of five drawers, original finish remains, 98 x 84 x 48 cm

A George III mahogany chest, with two short and three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 88 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Windsor Antiques.

An early Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, mid 19th century, the chest with a bullnose edged top, two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, turned timber pull handles and raised on a plinth base. Height 106 cm. Width 106 cm

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, 18th century, with a thumbnail edge top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, decorative brass butterfly and lattice backplates and escutcheons with swing handles, the extended b

A French neoclassical mahogany side chest, late 19th century, the oak lined chest with a white veined grey marble top above two drawers of equal depth and raised on tapering square section legs, embellished with brass paterae, pairs of laurel garland ring

A Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, finely figured with a squared top above two small and three full length cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth and raised on bun and toupie feet. Height 111 cm. Width 108 cm. Depth 55 cm

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, with a flat top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing handles, cockbeading and raised on a slightly extended base with shaped bracket feet. Height 95 cm. Width

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, the chest of serpentine profile with extended ears and three quarter tightly ringed full length supports flanking three small drawers and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing han

Victorian Mahogany chest of drawers, with 3 short and 3 long drawers flanked by round columns, 127 cm x 60 cm, 126 cm high

A flame mahogany chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 122 cm high, 137 cm wide, 66 cm deep

A mahogany chest of drawers English, late 19th century, 107 cm high 110 cm wide 52 cm deep

George III mahogany bow front chest of two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splade bracket feet

George III mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 113 cm high, 106 cm wide, 55 cm deep

An antique mahogany chest of drawers, early 20th century, the square topped chest with a central drawer flanked by pairs of small drawers above three full width drawers of identical depth, all with pairs of turned pull handles and brassware locks marked C

A good George III mahogany bachelor's chest, the flat front with narrow slide above four full width graduating drawers, shaped brass back plate swing handles, thumb moulded edges, the top with indented front corners, attractive small size and colour. 77 x

A Victorian flame mahogany, bobbin turned column, chest of drawers c.1880, each drawer front having individual design, with scalloped, moulded and concaved fronts panels, brass drop handles, upon turned bun feet base. Height 106 cm. Width 100 cm. Depth 52

A Victorian Scottish flame mahogany chest of drawers, having six full size drawers, turned knob handles with mother of pearlinsert upon turned bun feet base. Height 154 cm. Width 125 cm. Depth 58 cm

A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers c.1800, having two half drawers over three full size drawers with brass handles upon bracket feet plinth base. Height 98 cm. Width 109 cm. Depth 53.5 cm

Victorian mahogany bow front chest of drawers with 2 short and 4 long drawers, 124 cm wide, 61 cm deep, 128 cm high

English 19th century mahogany chest of drawers, with 4 long drawers, cross banded rosewood inlay and turned bun feet, 123 cm wide, 60 cm deep, 119 cm high

A George II mahogany straight front chest of drawers, English, mid 18th century, 75 cm high, 75 cm wide, 45 cm deep

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