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 Jacobian oak three drawer chest, English, 18th century and earlier, 92 cm high, 98 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A William and Mary walnut and elm chest of drawers, comprising five fruitwood inlaid drawers, English, late 17th / early 18th century, 94 cm high, 95 cm wide, 55 cm deep

English padouk campaign chest, c. 1815, the rectangular top with removable gallery above two short drawers and three long drawers with inlaid decoration and turned ebony pulls, raised on bun feet, height 102 cm width 78 cm depth 46 cm. Provenance: Christop

George III mahogany chest of drawers, oak lined with reeded brass mounted pillars, swan handles and ogee feet, 124 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 109 cm high approx

A George III oak front fronted chest of drawers, two half drawers over three full width drawers, brass swan neck handles, ivory keyhole escutcheons, bracket feet with restrained decorative feature to each side. 121 cm x 53 cm x 117 cm

A Georgian flat-front mahogany chest of six drawers, configured as three small drawers above three full-width drawers, oak lined, each drawer with oval brass plate back handles and with cockbeaded edges. Raised on bracket feet. 102 cm x 52 cm x 102 cm

A Dutch bombe marquetry commode 18th century, the rectangular top with serpentine moulded edge above four long graduated drawers within waisted front corners and raised on claw and ball feet, the whole inlaid with shell motifs, 75 cm high x 94 cm wide x 48

A small Georgian chest of drawers, c. 1800, in mahogany with swan neck drop handles and standing on simple bracket feet, height 87 cm, depth 51 cm, width 110 cm

A superb figured mahogany Georgian chest of five drawers, 120 x 113 x 53 cm

A Georgian mahogany bureau, the deep crossbanded fall with herring bone banded inlay, four graduated full width drawers with brass bale handles and keyhole escutcheons, the interior with pigeon holes and small drawers, standing on well-proportioned bracket

Good George III mahogany chest of drawers, oak lined, 110 cm wide, 53.5 cm deep, 94 cm high

A George I walnut and Featherbanded chest of drawers, circa 1720, three short above three graduated drawers on bracket feet, 102 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 100 cm high. Provenance: Purchased from David Jones gallery 1976

A George III ebony string inlaid mahogany chest of drawers, late 18th century, 103 cm high, 102 cm wide, 50 cm deep

George III flat front chest of three short and three long graduated drawers on ogee bracket feet

George I oak chest on stand with two short and three long drawers, the base with three short and one long drawer on turned legs four pad feet

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

A Georgian mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, c. 1810, in good original condition, 107 x 105 x 53 cm

A very fine quality cross banded specimen-wood walnut gentlemen’s dressing chest, English, late 18th century/early 19th century, with a linen slide and fitted compendium interior, 82 cm high, 82 cm wide, 52 cm deep

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

Georgian bow front chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 107 cm wide, 56 cm deep, 104 cm high

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

A mid to late-18th century moulded front chest of drawers, in two parts and in oak, swan neck handles and standing on bun feet. Height 92 cm, width 97 cm, depth 58 cm

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

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