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.
A fine Louis XV style late 19th century commode, of serpentine outline with marble a top above three drawers with floral marquetry on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 90 cm high, 114 cm wide, 55 cm deep.
A Louis XV palisander commode, 18th century, with a rouge de Languedoc serpentine marble top above three drawers of conforming profile decorated with broad feather and crossbanded veneers utilising the vigorous figuration of the timber, a shaped apron and
An Anglo Indian teak secretaire campaign chest, late 19th century, with brass fittings and carry handles, the central fall front drawer enclosing pigeon holes and drawers, flanked by short drawers above lower section of three drawers, 107 width x 51.5 dept
A 19th century French polychrome painted three drawer chest and a similar mirror the commode 19th century with later components, comprising three drawers carved with recessed panels, the whole painted with blue-grey panels on a pale grey ground; together w
An early George III oak lowboy, the top with elm crossbanding, the moulded edge with notched corners, three drawers in the frieze with cockbeaded edges, brass handles, raised on cabriole legs. 91 cm x 58 cm x 69 cm
A mahogany bedside chest, the chest with an extended top and gadrooned edging above three drawers with pairs of turned handles flanked by rounded and reeded edges above an extended plinth base. Height 58 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 47 cm
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