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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A William and Mary oyster veneered walnut dwarf chest, circa 1690. The rectangular moulded top inlaid with concentric circles, above two short and three long graduated drawers, on compressed bun feet, 87 cm width x 55 cm depth 77.5 cm height.Provenance: Pu

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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 French walnut provincial commode, late 18th century, the shaped moulded top with star bursts motif parquetry inlay of various exotic woods, above an arrangement of two short drawers and two long drawers, above a scalloped frieze and cabriole legs120 cm w

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