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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Antique English oak chest of four drawers, with recessed panelled fronts, 86 cm high

Antique French Empire chest marble topped four drawer commode, fitted with original pulls, 132 cm wide

Antique French Empire marble topped four drawer chest of drawers, 120 cm x 89 cm high

Pair of English George III style serpentine front four drawer mahogany chests. Approx 80.5 cm high, 85 cm wide, 56.5 cm D, (2)

A French second Empire commode, the black marble top, above four drawers, flanked by pilasters with ormolu capitals. 82 cm high, 84 cm wide, 51 cm deep.

A Georgian mahogany small proportion military campaign chest of four drawers in two sections, each drawer with oak lining, the fronts with beaded edging and inlaid recessed handles (some parts absent), wrought iron carry handles fixed to either side, the f

Walnut four drawer two door Wellington chest on bracket feet

Antique French Louis Philippe walnut four drawer commode with marble top, approx 97 cm high, 130 cm wide

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

French kidney shaped four drawer commode, approx 94 cm x 90 cm

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood bombe shaped four drawer commode with shaped marble top. 90 cm high, 130 cm wide, 60 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut dressing chest, the hinged top enclosing a mirror, below four drawers on high cabriole legs. 98 cm high, 39 cm wide, 38 cm deep.

Antique mahogany chest of four drawers, with serpentine front

19th century cedar four drawer chest of drawers with shaped plinth

Antique French marble topped mahogany Louis Philippe four drawer commode, 126 cm wide

French mahogany commode of four drawers with marble top, approx. height 96 cm, width 127 cm

Vintage four drawer chest of drawers on bun feet, approx. height 85 cm, width 85 cm

Empire style green marble topped four drawer commode with matching mirror. 80 cm high. 94 cm long, 160 cm high

Antique Continental chest of four drawers (poor condition)

A French walnut Louis XVI style chest, with a white marble top above four drawers on turned tapering legs. 85 cm high, 53 cm wide, 36 cm deep.

An Australian green painted pine straight fronted chest of four drawers, circa 1880. 82 cm high, 89 cm wide, 45 cm deep

An Edwardian Georgian revival walnut serpentine front chest with four drawers, raised on bracket feet. Height 87 cm. Width 85 cm. Depth 50 cm

Antique French Louis XV style marble topped chest of four drawers

Antique Georgian mahogany four drawer chest, fitted with brass back plate handles, all standing on shaped bracket feet, 78 cm high, 84 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Fine antique French kingwood chest of four drawers, fitted with bronze drop bale handles, decorated with inlaid brass fluting, and bronze mounts, white marble top, 88 cm high x 76cm wide

Mahogany Bachelor's chest of four drawers with brush slide. Brass carry handles to sides. Height 82 cm. Width 80 cm. Provenance: Seddon Estate

Antique Australian cedar four drawer chest of drawers with turned feet. Height 86 cm. Width 92 cm

Vintage French kidney shaped marble topped transitional style four drawer commode, 94.5 cm high, 92 cm wide

A Georgian style pine chest of drawers the rustic chest of four drawers on four raised square legs. Brass escutcheons. Constructed from 18th century timber. Height 80 cm. Width 127 cm. Depth 62 cm

A George IV oak four drawer bachelor's chest, on rectangular legs

A George I oak four drawer lowboy, with brass handles over a shaped apron, pad feet. Height 71 cm. Width 71 cm

A small proportion George III mahogany bowfront chest of drawers, with brushing slide above four drawers of graduated depth, each with cockbeaded edges and ebonised bun handles, raised on splay feet. 93 cm x 53 cm x 100 cm

An 18th century Spanish Carlos II oak commode, rectangular, with an arrangement of four drawers each carved with recessed panels, iron loop handle, raised on block supports, 143 x 100. 5 x 71 cm. Provenance: Jose Maria Del Rey collection, Madrid.

Late Georgian mahogany chest of four drawers oak lined and standing on bracket feet

A Regency campaign chest of four drawers, brass handles and corners, recessed front handles. Length 92 cm. Width 70 cm

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