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 large Regence style walnut commode, 18th century, with a fine patina and of pegged construction, the deep commode with a serpentine profile having three oak lined long drawers with the original steel locks and a trio of framed and shaped reserves, brass
Antique Georgian 1790's chest on chest, Ex Northern England region, displaying fine inlaid Tunbridge banding, canted sides, oval repousse brass back plate handles, cock beaded edge to the drawers, shaped bracket feet. Fine example and clean, approx 185 cm
A George III mahogany chest, with two short and three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 88 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens. Provenance: purchased in the 1960s from Windsor Antiques.
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, 18th century, with a thumbnail edge top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with cockbeading, decorative brass butterfly and lattice backplates and escutcheons with swing handles, the extended b
A Georgian flame mahogany cupboard on chest, late 18th century, with an extended architectural cornice with a key fret border above two panelled cupboards with striking book end veneer panels, the extended base with three long cockbeaded drawers of graduat
A Georgian mahogany chest on stand, later 18th century, in warm mellow tones with two small and three long drawers of graduating depth to an extended base with a further drawer, with cockbeading, reeded canted corners and swing brass handles and ogee brack
A William and Mary style walnut veneer chest of drawers, late 17th to early 18th century, on a pine carcass with ebony strung oyster veneer spandrels above two small and three long oak lined drawers with ebony stringing, applied brass escutcheons and hand
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, with a flat top above two small and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing handles, cockbeading and raised on a slightly extended base with shaped bracket feet. Height 95 cm. Width
A Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, the chest of serpentine profile with extended ears and three quarter tightly ringed full length supports flanking three small drawers and three long drawers of graduating depth, with brass swing han
A good George III mahogany bachelor's chest, the flat front with narrow slide above four full width graduating drawers, shaped brass back plate swing handles, thumb moulded edges, the top with indented front corners, attractive small size and colour. 77 x
A George III mahogany chest on chest, the upper section with square fret pediment, blind fret cornice, five cock-bead edged drawers with attractive cast brass bale handles and Rococo escutcheons, flanked by fluted canted corners, the lower section with a b
A George II oak block moulded chest, the three full width drawers each with decorative geometric moulded fielded panels, brass flowerhead plate back drop handles, panelled sides, pegged construction, raised on fret cut bracket feet, good dark patina. 98 cm
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