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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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

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 Danish style bow front chest of drawers, c.1900, having 5 drawers with gilt metal handles, with turned bun and bracket feet base. Height 92 cm. Width 88 cm. Depth 51 cm

Victorian mahogany bow front chest of drawers fitted with brass eschutcheons, five drawers on turned bun feet

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 19th century bowfront chest of three drawers with spiral columns and turned legs. Height 86 cm. Width 94 cm. Depth 54 cm

A Victorian bowfront chest with lift up top above three drawers and shaped apron. Height 106 cm. Width 127 cm. Depth 57 cm

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