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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George III mahogany campaign style flat front chest of neat proportions with four cock-beaded drawers on bracket feet

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A George III oak chest of drawers Williams and Mary period c.1,700 with two half size drawers over three full size on turned bun feet height 78 cm, width 52 cm, depth 86.5 cm

A good George III oak mahogany crossbanded mule chest, the two-planked hinged lid with fine thumb moulded edge above a front with a combination of nine short drawers, two rows of three false drawers above three sliding drawers to the base, brass swing hand

A Georgian mahogany bow front chest of drawers, in overall very good restored condition, minor veneer and cockbeading blemishes, 102 x 105 x 53 cm

A George III string inlaid mahogany chest of drawers, 104 cm high, 99 cm wide, 52 cm deep

George III mahogany chest of drawers, early 19th century, with two short and three long drawers with brass handles on splayed bracket feet, height 122 cm width 108 cm depth 53 cm

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

George III mahogany secretaire chest of drawers, c. 1800, the rectangular top above a fall front bureau with pigeon holes and three drawers, height 114 cm width 108 cm depth 50 cm

Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 112 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 90 cm high

Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, 110 cm wide, 117 cm high

Georgian mahogany bow-front chest of drawers, featuring two short drawers above two long drawers, with shaped apron, raised on bracket feet, height 89 cm width 96 cm depth 53 cm

Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, having two short drawers over three long drawers with turned pulls, on turned legs, height 112 cm width 108 cm depth 51 cm

A George III mahogany chest of drawers, 102 cm high, 117 cm wide, 53 cm deep

A George III walnut lowboy, 70 cm high, 94 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A George III mahogany commode, 79 cm high, 49 cm wide, 64 cm deep

A late Georgian English oak chest of five drawers, 90 cm high, 98 cm wide, 51 cm deep, Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A George III flame mahogany bow front chest of drawers, 109 cm high, 104 cm wide, 43 cm deep. Provenance: purchased Leonard Joel, Bonview Prahran East 5 April 1976

Magnificent 18th century Italian three drawer commode, of rectangular form, beautifully decorated with inlaid reserves and panels depicting rural and village scenes, in local veneers, set with classical brass escutcheons and bail handles, 82 cm x 107 cm x

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

A George II mahogany chest on chest. 208 cm high, 106 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A George III mahogany bachelor chest with three drawers with ivory escutcheons on splayed legs. 85 cm high, 83 cm wide, 48 cm deep

Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, with 2 short & 2 long drawers, 109 cm wide, 47 cm deep, 82 cm high

George II mahogany & oak chest of drawers, with 3 small and 3 long drawers, 96 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 93.5 cm high

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

George III mahogany flat front chest two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

George III mahogany bow front chest with brushing slide, four graduated cockbeaded drawers below on splayed bracket feet

George III mahogany bow front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers on splayed bracket feet

George III oak and mahogany flat front chest with two short and three long graduated cockbeaded and crossbanded drawers on bracket feet with original escutcheons and handles

George II walnut and oak flat front chest with two short and three long graduated crossbanded drawers on bracket feet

George III mahogany flat front chest with wide crossbanded top, two short and three long graduated cock beaded drawers on bracket feet

George III mahogany bow front chest with two short and three long cock beaded drawers on splayed bracket feet.

A late Georgian chest of five drawers, in mahogany and standing on splayed bracket. Work required. Height 99 cm, length 91 cm, depth 45 cm.

An 18th century chest on later stand, the top with walnut veneered cross banded drawers and brass plate handles. The stand in walnut with four cabriole legs. Width 93 cm, depth 57 cm, height 126 cm.

George III walnut secretaire chest on chest, 120 cm wide, 194.5 cm high. Purchased W F Bradshaw, Queen St. Woollahra 1984.

A George II walnut flat front chest of five drawers, satinwood strung, the thumb moulded top cross banded, later brass swing handles. 108 cm x 55 cm x 101 cm

A Georgian oak country chest of four graduated full width drawers, thumbnail moulded edge, brass bale handles and bracket feet. 96 cm x 53 cm x 95 cm

A George I style feather banded walnut chest on stand, 19th century, 140 cm high, 73 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A George III mahogany chest on stand, 167 cm high, 107 cm wide, 49 cm deep

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