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 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
An impressive Victorian flame mahogany scotch chest, a narrow shaped frieze drawer to the top over two hat box and two quarter-size drawers, three full width drawers below, turned barley twist columns to each side, turned wood handles with mother-of-pearl
Victorian mahogany Scottish chest of drawers, with 8 various flame mahogany front drawers (including secret bottom drawer), divides into 2 sections for removal, circa 1870, 127 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 139 cm high
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
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