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 Jacobian oak three drawer chest, English, 18th century and earlier, 92 cm high, 98 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A Louis XV carved oak three drawer commode with bronze handles, French 18th century, 94 cm high, 129 cm wide, 60 cm deep

George III mahogany chest of drawers, oak lined with reeded brass mounted pillars, swan handles and ogee feet, 124 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 109 cm high approx

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

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

Vintage oak chest of drawers, four smaller drawers to top, over three full length drawers. Height 120 cm, width 114 cm, diameter 47 cm

Good George III mahogany chest of drawers, oak lined, 110 cm wide, 53.5 cm deep, 94 cm high

Scottish Regency period mahogany chest of drawers, oak lined with four graduated drawers fitted with ivory escutcheons, circa 1815, 125 cm wide, 108 cm high

George I oak chest on stand with two short and three long drawers, the base with three short and one long drawer on turned legs four pad feet

Charles II oak chest of drawers with four raised and fielded geometric drawers on ball feet

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

A George III oak chest of drawers Williams and Mary period c.1,700 with two half size drawers over three full size on turned bun feet height 78 cm, width 52 cm, depth 86.5 cm

A Charles II oak chest of drawers 17th century and later, having two half drawers over three full size drawers with turned bun feet, height 100 cm, width 101 cm, depth 60 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 mid to late-18th century moulded front chest of drawers, in two parts and in oak, swan neck handles and standing on bun feet. Height 92 cm, width 97 cm, depth 58 cm

A mid to late-eighteenth century moulded front chest of drawers in oak, in two parts, standing on bun feet. Height 94 cm, width 110 cm, depth 57 cm. Ex Portobello Antiques

Large antique oak chest of drawers, 130 cm wide, 64 cm deep, 123 cm high

A late Georgian English oak chest of five drawers, 90 cm high, 98 cm wide, 51 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

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