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 Continental five drawer chest, in walnut, four long drawers with wooden knobs above a simple drawer which is connected at the bottom apron, turned wooden escutcheons, height 99 cm, width 120 cm, depth 52 cm
A George I walnut and Featherbanded chest of drawers, circa 1720, three short above three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 102 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 100 cm high. Provenance: Purchased from David Jones gallery 1976
A very fine quality cross banded specimen-wood walnut gentlemen’s dressing chest, English, late 18th century/early 19th century, with a linen slide and fitted compendium interior, 82 cm high, 82 cm wide, 52 cm deep
18th century French walnut serpentine three drawer commode,c.1730, in walnut, the shaped top set above three drawers set with shaped panel reserves, with elegant handles, the whole raised on four cabriole legs, Normandy province, 91 cm x 123 cm x 61 cm
A French 19th century semainier chest of drawers, of narrow proportions, the bank of seven flat-front drawers surmounted by a slightly overhanging top drawer. The case of walnut inlaid in cut brass and contrasting veneers, the top inset with a panel of bre
A large Regence style walnut commode, 18th century, with a fine patina and of pegged construction, the deep commode with a serpentine profile having three oak lined long drawers with the original steel locks and a trio of framed and shaped reserves, brass
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 19th century Biedermeier walnut chest of four drawers, a slender bombe top drawer with three full width drawers below, variegated charcoal grey marble top, ornate handles and keyhole escutcheons, deep plinth base with short bracket feet. With key. Old re
A William and Mary style walnut veneer chest of drawers, late 17th to early 18th century, on a pine carcass with ebony strung oyster veneer spandrels above two small and three long oak lined drawers with ebony stringing, applied brass escutcheons and hand
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