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 Georgian mahogany bow front chest, early 19th century, the chest with four full width oak lined cockbeaded drawers of graduating depth, with turned handles and kite shaped bone escutcheons, above a shaped apron and splayed bracket legs. Height 92 cm. Wid

A late George III mahogany bow-front chest of drawers with reeded top edge above four drawers with turned knob handles; on outswept feet. Width 108 cm

Regency mahogany bowfront chest with three short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers within reeded supports

Early Victorian mahogany bowfront chest with two short and four long graduated cockbeaded drawers on fluted bun feet

Antique bow front Regency four drawer chest, approx 92 cm high, 107 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Victorian bow front chest of drawers with 2 short & 3 long drawers flanked by barley spiral twist columns, standing on turned bun feet, 108 cm wide, 51 cm deep, 110 cm high

Antique Regency mahogany bow front three drawer chest, with rosewood cross banding and sting inlaid banding, standing on splay bracket feet

Georgian bow front chest of five drawers. 105 cm high, 105 cm wide, 56 cm deep.

A Victorian flame mahogany bow-front chest of drawers. Height 113 cm, width 108 cm, depth 55 cm.

A George III string inlaid mahogany bow front chest of drawers, English, 19th century. 93 cm high, 100 cm wide, 52 cm deep

Small antique style multi drawer chest, bow front, cross banded top on carved cabriole legs, 40 cm wide, 75.5 cm high

Victorian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, with two short & three long drawers, on turned feet, 115 cm wide, 122 cm high

An early 19th century mahogany bow front chest, with four graduated drawers on bracket feet. 118 cm high, 105 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Georgian mahogany bow front chest of drawers, round wood pulls inset with mother of pearl, having two short drawers over three long drawers, raised on bun feet, height 110 cm, width 110 cm, depth 51 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Julie Biber

Antique English mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, approx 203 cm high, 134 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Bow Front Chest: Early 19th century English mahogany chest of 5 drawers with barley twist columns. Height 105 cm, width 118 cm, depth 57 cm

Australian cedar bow front chest of drawers, diminutive 4 drawer chest measuring 74 cm tall

A Regency mahogany bow fronted chest of five drawers, two short drawers over three graduated long drawers 105 x 52.5 x 106.5 cm

Regency mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, three long and two short drawers, oval swing handles. Approx 102 cm high, 90.5 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A George III mahogany chest. Bow front, the frieze with satinwood banding, above two short and two graduated drawers, on splayed bracket feet. 89 cm high, 99 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, two short drawers over three larger drawers,119 high,133 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Georgian style bow fronted chest on chest, with eight drawers and centre slide out shelf, 71.5 cm wide, 48 cm deep, 160.5 cm high

18th century bow front mahogany on pine chest of drawers with crossbanding & inlaid top on bracket feet with brush slide

Georgian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, having two short drawers above three long drawers with ivory escutcheons and brass pulls, engaged barley twist columns to sides. Height 106 cm width 102 cm depth 55 cm

A Regency style bow front chest of drawers c.1820-1840. The chest has three drawers with turned knob handles, and front frieze panel with inlaid ebony decoration. Height 92 cm. Width 91 cm. Depth 51 cm

Georgian mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, with 2 short and 3 long drawers, 101 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 115 cm high approx

Georgian bow front three drawer chest. Lime washed finish with brass fleur de lys handles. 111 cm x 52 cm x 83 cm

A small George III bow fronted mahogany chest of drawers, English, early 19th century

A 19th century mahogany bowfront five drawer chest on short bracket feet. Height 95 cm. Width 106 cm. Depth 55 cm

Antique Regency inlaid mahogany bow front chest of five drawers, 106 cm wide

Antique Georgian mahogany chest on chest, of bow front design, top and base fitted with graduating sets of drawers, 190 cm x 108 cm

A George III mahogany bow front chest, the bow front with bull nose edge above a brushing slide, three graduated with splayed feet. 82 cm high, 108 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Georgian mahogany bow front chest of 5 drawers, cross banded edge with string inlaid decoration. W:108 cm, D:53 cm, H:107 cm

An early Victorian mahogany bowfront chest, circa 1850s, with three full width graduated cockbeaded drawers with brass pull ring handles and with a shaped skirt to front and sides and splayed legs. Height 87 cm. Width 104 cm. Depth 51 cm.

Fine antique English Regency four drawer chest, of slight bow front shape, fitted with original oval brass bale handles, standing on out swept fluted feet, 105 cm x 121 cm