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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Early Colonial cedar cockbeaded 3 drawer chest of drawers on French feet with secondary timbers of huon pine & Baltic pine from the workshop of or in the style of Irish political convict & early NSW Cabinetmaker Lawrence Butler. Originally with reeded moul

19th century birdseye huon pine 7 drawer chest of drawers with cantilever top, 120 cm wide, 50 cm deep 128 cm high

19th century huon pine 5 drawer chest of drawers with full columns & cedar secondaries, 136.5 cm wide, 66 cm deep 115 cm high. Provenance: Allport Family

A Tasmanian huon pine eight drawer chest with turned columns, solid huon drawer fronts with blackwood handles, circa 1860, 147 cm high, 124 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Huon pine chest of eight drawers on turned feet and column mounts c.1860

Exquisite 19th century Tasmanian huon pine chest fitted with seven drawers flanked by spiral twist turned columns

An early Tasmanian solid huon pine chest of drawers with huon pine secondary timbers and brass escutcheons, 112 cm high, 122 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A chest of 4 drawers with heavily figured birdseye huon pine drawer fronts on turned bun feet, huon pine secondary timbers, circa 1880

A stunning Tasmanian birdseye huon pine chest with graduated drawers,19th century, 133 cm high, 116 cm wide, 53 cm deep

An impressive birdseye huon pine chest of 8 drawers with cantilever top and unusual carved figural corbels, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 143 cm high, 115 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Huon pine tallboy chest of drawers, circa 1890 with bobbin turned pilasters, 210 cm high, 162 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A solid huon pine five drawer chest, circa1880, 136 cm high, 124 cm wide, 54 cm deep

19th century huon pine 7 drawer chest of drawers flanked by half bobbin turned columns

A huon pine eight drawer chest with serpentine front and carved corbels, Circa 1870. 151 cm high, 122 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Exceptional Tasmanian Colonial huon pine chest of eight drawers, the serpentine shaped top section with fruit carved pilasters flanking the drawers, and original moulded glass handles

19th century Tasmanian Huon pine chest fitted with eight drawers flanked by half turned columns

Rare pair of 19th century huon pine & blackwood 5 drawer chests of drawers

19th century 6 drawer chest of drawers inlaid with feature timbers including huon pine musk casuarina & blackwood

Handsome huon pine chest of seven drawers with turned mushroom knobs on bun feet

Huon pine & blackwood chest of drawers, Tasmanian origin, 19th century

A cedar chest of five drawers by T Whiteside & Son, Hobart Town huon pine secondary timber 115 cm high, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A huon pine eight drawer tall-boy chest, Australian, circa 1870, 128 cm high, 115 cm wide, 62 cm deep

An unusual huon pine secretaire chest of drawers, Tasmanian, circa 1830, 97 cm high, 64 cm wide, 45 cm deep

Huon pine chest of eight drawers supported by turned columns

Early Australian colonial Huon Pine Chest of eight drawers with serpentine front, flanked by carved pilasters

Cedar 5 drawer chest of drawers, 19th century, huon pine secondaries

Cantilever Colonial cedar chest of 5 drawers. A fine example with cockbeading to drawers, blackwood end grain handles, turned columns & huon pine secondary timbers. Tasmanian origin c1840. Height 120 cm, width 121 cm, depth 57 cm

A 19th century Tasmanian huon pine chest, the frieze with a shaped drawer, below a deep drawer with applied carving, flanked by small drawers, above three graduated drawers, flanked by carved corbels. 141 cm high, 118 cm wide, 54 cm deep.

Huon pine chest: eight drawers with serpentine front, carved columns & beautiful birdseye figuring. Late 19th century. H.140 x 116 x 53 cm

An Australian solid birdseye huon pine chest, circa 1860, rectangular, with two short and two long graduated drawers with turned handles and brass escutcheons, raised on squat bun feet, 95 cm wide, x 55 cm deep x, 81 cm high. Provenance: Private collection

19th century birds eye huon pine chest of seven drawers with full columns and cantilever top

Huon pine bird's eye maple and American oak chest of six drawers by makers Peter Gay, Gays Arcade Adelaide

19th century birds eye huon pine chest of 7 drawers with halved bobbin turned columns

Huon pine serpentine chest of eight drawers in original condition

Antique huon pine chest of drawers four short over three long drawers with 'Secret' long drawer at top, flanked by scroll carved sides, on turned feet, 120 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 141.5 cm high

Cedar 5 drawer chest of drawers with carved corbels (huon pine secondaries)