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 late Edwardian oak chest of five drawers, 95 x 106 x 51 cm

Edwardian cedar chest of drawers, 106 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 108 cm high approx

Edwardian walnut chest of drawers, with three small and three long drawers, 116 cm wide, 48.5 cm deep, 119 cm high

Edwardian pine chest of drawers with 2 short & 2 long drawers, 99 cm wide, 80 cm high approx

Edwardian pine chest of drawers, with 2 short over 3 long drawers, 106 cm wide, 49.5 cm deep, 105.5 cm high,

Edwardian dressing chest with swivel mirror and two trinket drawers over two short and two long drawers, stamp Anthony Hordon, 92 cm wide, 172 cm high

An Edwardian Georgian style chest in mahogany with four serpentine drawers on bracket feet with Chippendale blind carved details and brushing slide. Height 90 cm. Width 91 cm. Depth 55 cm

Edwardian Wellington chest with 6 long drawers and hinged lock to the side, 93 cm wide, 49 cm deep, 158 cm high

An Edwardian mahogany chest of drawers with two short drawers above two long drawers 92 x 46 x 98 cm

An Edwardian Georgian revival walnut serpentine front chest with four drawers, raised on bracket feet. Height 87 cm. Width 85 cm. Depth 50 cm

An Edwardian walnut chest of drawers, four graduated drawers each with drop handles

Edwardian pine chest of drawers three long drawers with brass handles, 91 cm wide, 93 cm high

An Edwardian burr walnut chest of drawers, the central hat drawer carved with a scene depicting a bird on a branch in high relief amongst seven other graduated drawers flanked by fluted pilasters plinth base 122 x 146 x 56 cm