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 walnut and elm chest of drawers, comprising five fruitwood inlaid drawers, English, late 17th / early 18th century, 94 cm high, 95 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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

Peter Gay chest of drawers, Edwardian burr walnut and oak, six drawer with brass honey stick drop handles

An Edwardian walnut chest of four drawers, 91 x 92 x 46 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 fine William and Mary oyster veneered walnut chest on stand, the stand probably 19th century, 142 cm high, 102 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Fine vintage French figured walnut marble topped three drawer commode, approx 83 cm high, 98 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A walnut three drawer bow front commode with shaped marble top, 88 cm high, 99 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A fine French walnut and floral marquetry serpentine front three drawer marble top commode and bronze mounts

A fine quality French Louis XIV style walnut and floral marquetry decorated bow front three drawer commode with superb iron hardware, 86 cm high, 108 cm wide, 53 cm deep

A French walnut five drawer upright chest with marble top, 95 cm high, 42 cm wide, 38 cm deep

A French walnut upright seven drawer marble top chest, 126 cm high, 57 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut bombe shaped two drawer commode, 75 cm high, 77 cm long, 47 cm deep

A Continental oak & walnut chest of seven drawers with gallery top

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

Biedermeier walnut chest of drawers, with cross banded drawer fronts, 82 cm wide, 47 cm deep, 130 cm high

Small Victorian walnut Wellington chest, 50 cm wide, 41.5 cm deep, 98 cm high

A William & Mary walnut chest, rectangular, with five drawers each with elaborate brass handles, supported on four bun feet, 103 x 100 x 52 cm

A George III walnut lowboy, 70 cm high, 94 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted parquetry and cross banded walnut commode, late 19th/early 20th century, 83 cm high, 117 cm wide, 62 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

Fine walnut Wellington chest, with locking side panel, figured walnut drawer fronts, approx 146 cm high, 93 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A French transitional style walnut commode with marble top, and three drawers with floral marquetry decoration, 87 cm high, 83 cm wide, 46.5 cm deep

A good carved walnut and bronze mounted rouge marble top bombe commode, French, 18th century 84 cm high, 116 cm wide, 60 cm deep

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 Louis XVI walnut serpentine front commode, French, 18th century with ornate Chinoiserie bronze mounts, 93 cm high, 118 cm wide, 61.5 cm deep

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

George II walnut and oak flat front chest with two short and three long graduated crossbanded drawers on bracket feet

A Biedermeier chest of four Graded drawers, with decorative walnut veneers, c. 1860. Height 87 cm, width 96 cm, depth 50 cm.

A walnut chest of six drawers, Currently mounted on bracket feet and with fluted canted sides, swan neck handles. Height 110 cm, width 1100, depth 54 cm.

An 18th century chest on later stand, the top with walnut veneered cross banded drawers and brass plate handles. The stand in walnut with four cabriole legs. Width 93 cm, depth 57 cm, height 126 cm.

A late-18th century commode of three drawers, walnut veneer with decorative geometric boxwood inlays. Tapering square legs., height 102 cm, length 136 cm, depth 62 cm.

An Italian commode of three drawers in walnut, with boxwood inlays. Standing on top tapered square section legs. C. 1830., height 98 cm, length 147 cm, depth 59 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

George III walnut secretaire chest on chest, 120 cm wide, 194.5 cm high. Purchased W F Bradshaw, Queen St. Woollahra 1984.

A George II walnut flat front chest of five drawers, satinwood strung, the thumb moulded top cross banded, later brass swing handles. 108 cm x 55 cm x 101 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 George I style feather banded walnut chest on stand, 19th century, 140 cm high, 73 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A fine provincial walnut commode of serpentine form with ormolu mounts, French, 18th century, 85 cm high, 130 cm wide, 71 cm deep

Antique 1740's George II walnut chest on stand. Provenance: W. H. Grindley of Grindley Potteries, from great grandson's approx 158 cm high, 113 cm wide x 59 cm deep

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