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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Antique, early 19th century French Empire marble topped, cherrywood four drawer commode, approx 90 cm high, 130 cm wide, 60 cm deep

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

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

19th century cedar chest of drawers fitted with three full-width drawers

An Australian Colonial cedar chest of drawers, 19th century, 132 cm high, 122 cm wide, 55 cm deep

19th century Camphorwood secretaire campaign chest, Provenance: Allport Family

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 19th century campaign chest, with two short drawers above three long all inset with brass mounts and handles. Raised on turned feet, 103 cm high, 106 cm wide, 55 cm deep

19th century Campaign chest, in mahogany with brass fittings, raised on original turned feet, a pair of secretaire drawers over three banks of drawers, in two parts, height110 cm, width98.5 cm, depth47.5 cm

A 19th century serpentine shaped four drawer chest, in flame mahogany, Continental, height 93 cm, width 103 cm, depth 53 cm

Louis XV style fruitwood commode, late 19th century, of bombe form, with serpentine marble top above two drawers with ormolu mounts, height 86 cm width 132 cm depth 64 cm. Provenance: The Country Trader. Private Collection Point Piper, NSW

George III mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, with two short and three long drawers with brass handles on splayed bracket feet, height 122 cm width 108 cm depth 53 cm

George III style mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, the cornice with blind fretwork above two short drawers and five long graduating drawers with brass swan neck handles, one drawer without base and small section missing off cornice (A/F), height 170

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, 127 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 142 cm high

A Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, 19th century, the top with canted edges above a pulvinated frieze drawer, two short and three long and framed drawers of graduating depth, each with turned pull handles with button embellishments, carved vegetal corbe

A Louis XV style Boulle chest of drawers, 19th century, 101 cm high, 83 cm wide, 42 cm deep

An Anglo-Indian brass bound teak campaign chest of drawers, early 19th century, 124 cm high, 119 cm wide, 54 cm deep

An early 19th century mahogany military campaign split chest, the upper section with three drawers, the lower section with two drawers, all with recessed brass handles and keyhole escutcheons, raised on squat bun feet. 98.5 cm x 47 cm x 1060. Brought to Ne

Victorian cedar and mahogany chest of drawers, with 7 drawers, 122 cm wide, 49 cm deep, 140 cm high

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 7 drawers, 111 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 127 cm high

A pair of marquetry inlaid ormolu mounted marble top semainier, French, 19th century, 118 cm high, 44 cm wide, 30 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

A Louis XV style serpentine marble top marquetry inlaid bombe commode, late 19th/early 20th century, 81 cm high, 92 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A mahogany English chest in the early Georgian style, 19th century, of serpentine profile with canted corners, two half width drawers with cockbeading and swing handles, three long drawers of graduating depth, fretwork to the angled edges, and raised on ca

A cedar chest of drawers, early 19th century, the plain unadorned chest with a pair of deep drawers above three full width drawers all with large turned timber handles, a serpentine apron and shaped bracket feet, height 113 cm, width 107 cm, depth 45 cm

An early 19th century mahogany chest with two short and three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 102 cm high, 104 cm wide, 47 cm deep

Victorian cedar chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 105 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 111 cm high

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

An unusual mahogany chest of drawers, French, early 19th century, with applied ornate ormolu escutcheons, 82 cm high, 90 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A small Louis XVI style marquetry chest of drawers, 19th century, with a bow front red and grey flecked marble top above four drawers of conforming profile, each with scrolling foliate inlay to strung reserves, small splayed feet and embellished with gilt

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 transitional style tulipwood and marquetry commode, late 19th to early 20th century, with a mottled orange bow front marble top with canted edges above two drawers with quarter veneer and book end veneer panelled and strung reserves decorated with musica

A Louis XV mahogany commode, 19th century, with a grey white marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, three panelled drawers with brass bracket swing handles upon hexagonal mounts, raised on tapering feet and toupie feet, height

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, twin upper drawers, over three full width drawers, on turned bun feet

Chest of drawers, mid 19th century, English flame mahogany, twin smaller top drawers, over three full width drawers, on block feet

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, chest of seven drawers, two central small drawers flanked by two Larger drawers, over three full width drawers, turned columns on break front plinth

A Victorian mahogany chest. Victorian, circa 1860, mahogany on pine, six drawers on solid plinth

Victorian mahogany Coulmn chest with ogee frieze drawer, two short and three long drawers below within slightly tapering column supports

Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with seven drawers flanked by fluted pilasters with bulls eye terminals

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