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.
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
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 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
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
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 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 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 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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