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.
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
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
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.
A Georgian mahogany bowfront chest, circa 1820s, a small rectangular chest with a reeded top over three full width graduated and cockbeaded drawers, all oaklined and with timber knop handles, above a shaped skirt and splayed legs. Height 87 cm. Width 80 cm
A George III mahogany bow front chest, with satinwood banding, having two short and three graduated drawers, on bracket feet. Provenance: A bequest from Sir Arthur Gordon Rylah (1909-1974), to his daughter and sold by her executors 110 cm high, 100 cm wide
A Georgian chest of drawers, early 19th century, of bow front form with three full width drawers, and upon a shaped apron with conforming sides and shaped bracket feet, the drawers with cockbeading and lion embellished brass plates with swing handles. Heig
A Louis XVI style mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1940s, with a bow front profile and white marble top, three full width drawers below, two with ring handles and medallion backplates, fluted pilasters with applied pater' terminating in round tapering legs
A French Louis XVI style kingwood commode, with a bow front, a grey marble top, above three satinwood cross banded drawers flanked by brass stringing with a shaped apron on tapering legs. 87 cm high, 97 cm wide, 46 cm deep
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