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 fine French carved oak commode with marble top, above three drawers flanked by carved pilasters on tapering legs, 91.5 cm high, 127 cm wide, 56 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 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

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

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 late Edwardian oak chest of five drawers, 95 x 106 x 51 cm

A Georgian oak country chest of four graduated full width drawers, thumbnail moulded edge, brass bale handles and bracket feet. 96 cm x 53 cm x 95 cm

Louis XV style oak commode, 19th century, of serpentine shape with four drawers, raised on cabriole legs, ebonised finish with gilded brass handles. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell, July 2008

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 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

A carved provincial oak chest of drawers, English, 19th century, 101 cm high, 97 cm wide, 53 cm deep

George III oak chest on chest with moulded cornice, two short and three long graduated drawers, the base with two deep drawers on bracket feet

Charles II oak flat front chest traditional design with four geometric panel drawers on bun feet

Charles II oak chest on stand the top with three geometric panel drawers, the base (the later) with two small drawers, barley twist legs joined by plain stretchers

A Victorian oak Carolean revival chest of drawers, each drawer with carved lion mask handles and scrolls flanked by fruit and vine moulded sides, 70 width x 46 depth x 99 cm height

A George II oak block moulded chest, the three full width drawers each with decorative geometric moulded fielded panels, brass flowerhead plate back drop handles, panelled sides, pegged construction, raised on fret cut bracket feet, good dark patina. 98 cm

A Charles II style oak chest of drawers, English, 19th century, with applied moulding throughout, 95 cm high, 96 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A European serpentine fronted oak three drawer chest of drawers, 18th century, 80 cm high, 92 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A fine Louis XV style kingwood bombe commode, later 19th century, of generous proportions with a striking and vigorously figured pale grey, rouge and tan marble top above two deep oak lined drawers with floral inlay, book end veneer panels to the sides wit

A fine and elegant French mahogany Louis XVI style commode, 19th century, with a deep grey marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three full width oak lined drawers of equal depth with recessed rosewood veneer panels, raised o

A fine French transitional Tulipwood and rosewood commode, 18th century. the commode of breakfront form with a grey and amber marble top, with three oak lined drawers with book end veneer panels, stringing, laurel garland swing handles and ribbon decorated

George III oak flat front chest two short and three long graduated cock beaded drawers on bracket feet

George II oak flat front chest three graduated drawers on bracket feet

A George III oak chest of drawers, 78 cm high, 96.5 cm wide, 49.5 cm deep

A William and Mary provincial oak chest on stand, 149 cm high, 107 cm wide, 66 cm deep

Regency oak and mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated drawers with serpentine shaped apron and original ebonised bun handles

George II oak bachelors chest of neat proportions with four long graduated drawers on bracket feet

George II oak chest on chest with moulded dentille cornice, two short and three long drawers, three further long drawers to the base within fluted canted corners on bracket feet

Charles II oak chest of drawers, c. 1670, with eight drawers decorated with geometric design, resting on a chest with two drawers. Height 120 cm. Width 102 cm. Depth 60 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Phillips Harris, London, 1974

An Eighteenth century Georgian oak chest of five drawers with dressing shelf. Height 93 cm, width 95 cm, depth 53 cm

Antique English oak early Georgian chest on stand with black Chinoiserie decoration, approx 150 cm high, 100 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A fine Louis XV kingwood bombe commode, circa 18th century, with a bow front Breche D'Alep marble top above two half and two full width oak lined drawers, with quarter veneer panels and cross banding throughout, and embellished with ribbed rope swing handl

A good Georgian mahogany chest, late 18th to early 19th century, a refined chest with two half width and three full width cockbeaded and oak lined drawers with brass swing handles and pierced plates, having a shaped apron and raised on bracket feet embelli

A French kingwood, bombe shape, two drawer chest of drawers, with marble top, late 19th century, the internal carcass constructed with oak timber. the drawer fronts decorated with marquetry veneer floral work, bronze ormolu handles and similar bronze decor

A marble topped Louis XV style kingwood commode, circa 1900. The commode of bombe profile having an amber and purple marble serpentine top above two full width oak lined drawers well patterned with fan shaped parquetry, the sides with feather banded reserv

George III oak and crossbanded flat front chest of two short and three long drawers within quarter round columns on bracket feet

Early Georgian oak chest of drawers with 4 long drawers, 98 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 85 cm high

A late Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1830s, having an extended top above two half drawers and three full width drawers below of graduating depth, each cockbeaded and oak lined with brass swing handles, the chest with reeded edges and raised on

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