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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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

Louis XVI style commode, early 20th century, the rectangular top above two short and two long drawers, height 93 cm width 100 cm depth 45 cm. Provenance: Private Collection point Piper, NSW

A small Louis XVI style demi-lune chest of drawers, early 20th century, with a red grey marble top and a pierced brass gallery above three brass trimmed and panelled drawers, the sides of similar design, with simple gilt bronze festoons of pendant masks an

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

A Louis XVI style marquetry inlaid marble top commode, Swedish, early 20th century, 91 cm high, 101 cm wide, 52 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 French Louis XV style tulipwood chest, early 20th century, having a serpentine top with quarter veneer panelling above three similarly embellished long drawers with decoratively cross banded and strung borders, a shaped apron, boldly hipped supports to s

Vintage French Louis XV style marble topped three drawer commode, approx 81 cm high, 123 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode, stamped: 'Fabrication Francaise Bois de Rose', 81 cm high, 68 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A Louis XVI walnut serpentine front commode, French, 18th century with ornate Chinoiserie bronze mounts, 93 cm high, 118 cm wide, 61.5 cm deep

A Louis XV style mahogany bombe chest, circa 1930, with a Breche D'Alep serpentine marble top above two full-width drawers with inlaid reserves in contrasting timbers, similar to the sides, a shaped apron, hipped edges flaring to tapering curvaceous le

A Louis XV style tulipwood semainier, early 20th century, with a serpentine cream marble top above seven full-width drawers with feather banded and inlaid reserves, hipped and curvaceous edges to splayed feet, with gilt bronze mounts and sabots, height 147

A large Louis XV style tulipwood bombe commode, early 20th century, with a mottled yellow and tan marble top of serpentine profile above two drawers with parquetry reserves centred with a floral bouquet, the sides conforming, a shaped apron with drop and g

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 Louis XV style tulipwood and mahogany marquetry bombe commode, early 20th century, with a vigorous black and white serpentine marble top above two drawers decorated with a single floral inlaid quarter veneer strung reserve, similar decoration to the side

A large tulipwood Louis XV style marquetry bombe commode, early 20th century, with a serpentine profile having a vigorous cream and purple marble top, two quarter veneer panelled drawers decorated with trailing flora inlay, the sides similar, generous hipp

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

A good vintage French Louis XV commode in kingwood, green marble top in very good to excellent condition, 90 x 122 x 54 cm

A Louis XV style gilt bronze mounted kingwood bombe commode, 19th century, with a serpentine breche d'Alep marble top, 92 cm high, 128 cm wide, 64 cm deep

Antique French Louis Philippe marble topped commode, approx 98 cm high, 130 cm wide, 61 cm deep

Louis XV style oak commode, 19th century, of serpentine shape with four drawers, raised on cabriole legs, ebonised finish with gilded brass handles. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell, July 2008

A Louis XVI style marble top painted pine commode, 19th century, 85 cm high, 89 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A Louis XV style kingwood marquetry commode, circa 1870’s, with a serpentine rouge flecked marble top above three full width drawers of similar profile with reserved floral inlay, similarly embellished to the sides with hipped edges flowing to slight

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated two drawer marble top commode. 78 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry commode. 84 cm high, 66 cm wide, 43 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine French Louis VX style kingwood and floral marquetry two drawer bombe shaped commode. 84 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style five drawer marble top commode. 80 cm high, 13 cm wide, 64 cm deep.

A Louis XVI style walnut and marble top commode. 80 cm high, 119 cm wide, 49 cm deep.

A Louis XV style Chinoiserie bombe commode, of compact proportions, with a variegated marble top, above four drawers, painted with a Chinoiserie scene, cabriole supports, 58 x 91.5 x 34 cm

A Louis XVI fruitwood commode, French, 19th century, 89 cm high, 119 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A fine Louis XV style late 19th century commode, of serpentine outline with marble a top above three drawers with floral marquetry on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 90 cm high, 114 cm wide, 55 cm deep.

A Louis XVI style, 19th century French kingwood commode, with satinwood and ebony banding on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots, 86 cm high, 176 cm wide, 49 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style commode with rouge marble top & ormolu mounts, 85 cm high, 105 cm wide, 53 cm deep

A French Louis XV serpentine fronted walnut bombe commode, 18th century, 89 cm high, 130 cm wide, 67 cm deep

A fine Louis XVI style marquetry secretaire À abbatant, 19th century, in mahogany and tulipwood and fashioned as a semainier, with a marble top, curved edges, a fall front with a bird's eye maple fitted interior and four drawers below, a shaped apron w

A pair of Louis XV Tulipwood inlaid bombe Commodes, 19th century, with Brèche d'Alep marble tops of serpentine profile above two book end veneer and floral inlaid drawers with rocaille cast cartouches, similarly decorated to the sides and raised on hip

A Louis XV palisander commode, 18th century, with a rouge de Languedoc serpentine marble top above three drawers of conforming profile decorated with broad feather and crossbanded veneers utilising the vigorous figuration of the timber, a shaped apron and

A fine Louis XV style kingwood bombe commode, later 19th century, of generous proportions with a striking and vigorously figured pale grey, rouge and tan marble top above two deep oak lined drawers with floral inlay, book end veneer panels to the sides wit

An antique Louis XV style fruitwood commode, 18th century, with a grey white striated top of serpentine profile with three conforming panelled drawers embellished with pierced gilt bronze foliate scroll pull handles and rocaille escutcheons, with a shaped

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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