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 George III oak front fronted chest of drawers, two half drawers over three full width drawers, brass swan neck handles, ivory keyhole escutcheons, bracket feet with restrained decorative feature to each side. 121 cm x 53 cm x 117 cm
A Victorian oak scotch chest, the top shaped frieze drawer over two half-drawers with three full width drawers, turned wood handles, decorative corbels to each side, on plinth base, with an uncommon thick top. 130 cm x 54 cm x 128 cm
A Georgian flat-front mahogany chest of six drawers, configured as three small drawers above three full-width drawers, oak lined, each drawer with oval brass plate back handles and with cockbeaded edges. Raised on bracket feet. 102 cm x 52 cm x 102 cm
A good George III oak mahogany crossbanded mule chest, the two-planked hinged lid with fine thumb moulded edge above a front with a combination of nine short drawers, two rows of three false drawers above three sliding drawers to the base, brass swing hand
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
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 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 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
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