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.
Early Colonial cedar cockbeaded 3 drawer chest of drawers on French feet with secondary timbers of huon pine & Baltic pine from the workshop of or in the style of Irish political convict & early NSW Cabinetmaker Lawrence Butler. Originally with reeded moul
An Australian Colonial cedar chest of drawers c.1880's, having a central hat drawer with smaller side drawers over three lower full size drawers with turned bobbin side columns height 141 cm, width 114.5 cm, Depth 51 cm
A cedar chest of drawers, early 19th century, the plain unadorned chest with a pair of deep drawers above three full width drawers all with large turned timber handles, a serpentine apron and shaped bracket feet, height 113 cm, width 107 cm, depth 45 cm
A late Victorian cedar chest, late 19th century, the chest with a serpentine top above a deep central drawer with relief carved acanthus motifs flanked by a pair of small drawers and a single deep drawer with a faux two drawer face above three full width d
Andrew Lenehan, Australian cedar chest of drawers, paper label in top drawer, Sydney origin, circa 1850. Provenance: Mossgreen Somercotes Sale 2008, previously Ex Graham Cox Collection, Private Collection Tasmania, 111 cm high, 118 cm wide, 54 cm deep
A rare Colonial Australian chest of drawers finely crafted with regency styled half turned columns, cross banded edge and cock beading, redgum veneer on cedar, circa 1835, 127 cm high, 131 cm wide, 56 cm deep
An early Australian cedar chest of drawers with pine string inlay drawer fronts and reeded edge to the top and base plate, Sydney, circa 1825, 111 cm high, 113 cm wide, 52 cm deep, Provenance: Private Collection Sydney, Ex Simpson's Antiques, Illustrat
An Australian Colonial cedar chest of drawers, c.1880's, the upper chest with two central half size drawers, flanked by two deep size drawers, over three lower full size drawers with turned knob handles. Height 114 cm. Width 105 cm. Depth 45 cm
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