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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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