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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An Edwardian walnut chest of four drawers, 91 x 92 x 46 cm

Antique, early 19th century French Empire marble topped, cherrywood four drawer commode, approx 90 cm high, 130 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style mahogany four drawer commode with marble top, 86 cm high, 108 cm, 49 cm deep

An Australian cedar chest of four drawers, c.1890, in a restored condition

A 19th century serpentine shaped four drawer chest, in flame mahogany, Continental, height 93 cm, width 103 cm, depth 53 cm

A four-drawer, marble top mahogany commode embellished with gilt bronze escutcheons on bun feet, 92 cm high, 125 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A small Louis XVI style marquetry chest of drawers, 19th century, with a bow front red and grey flecked marble top above four drawers of conforming profile, each with scrolling foliate inlay to strung reserves, small splayed feet and embellished with gilt

Early South Australian cedar low chest fitted with four drawers (cedar carcass)

A 19th century Biedermeier walnut chest of four drawers, a slender bombe top drawer with three full width drawers below, variegated charcoal grey marble top, ornate handles and keyhole escutcheons, deep plinth base with short bracket feet. With key. Old re

Louis XV style oak commode, 19th century, of serpentine shape with four drawers, raised on cabriole legs, ebonised finish with gilded brass handles. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell, July 2008

A French mahogany four drawer commode having secretaire drawer with fitted interior. 103 cm high, 122 cm wide, 60 cm deep. (Key in office).

A fine French kingwood cross banded four drawer bow front marble top commode. 87 cm high, 80 cm wide, 40 cm deep.

A Louis XV style Chinoiserie bombe commode, of compact proportions, with a variegated marble top, above four drawers, painted with a Chinoiserie scene, cabriole supports, 58 x 91.5 x 34 cm

A 19th century Continental marble top four drawer commode, grey marble top damaged, 95 x 124 x 59 cm

A Georgian secretaire chest of four drawers, fully fitted interior, 118x118x55 cm

A fine Louis XVI style marquetry secretaire À abbatant, 19th century, in mahogany and tulipwood and fashioned as a semainier, with a marble top, curved edges, a fall front with a bird's eye maple fitted interior and four drawers below, a shaped apron w

A George III mahogany bowfront chest of four drawers, the graduating full width drawers each with an oval brass back plate swing handle, moulded edge detail, raised on bracket feet. 110 x 57.5 x 101 cm

A mid 19th century four drawer bow front faded mahogany chest, 80 x 90 x 50 cm

A French Transitional period four drawer walnut commode with marble top having stamp in drawer Pagny Fils, Paris. 82 cm high, 91 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A French Empire style mahogany four drawer marble top commode. 90 cm high, 120 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A fine Continental flame mahogany four drawer commode. 101 cm high, 131 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany secretaire 'Campaign' chest of drawers, with four drawers, each with flush brass handles, the secretaire drawer opening to a fitted interior, turned feet, 112.5 x 117.5 x 54 cm

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry four drawer commode, 99 x 93 x 43 cm

A mid 29th century French four drawer chest with exotic fruitwood veneers, ormalau escutcheons & black marble top. 98 cm high, 138 cm, width, 60 cm deep

A fine French Louis XV style cherrywood bombe shaped four drawer chest with central slide. 96 cm high, 106 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A walnut chest of four drawers on Queen Anne legs. Height 100 cm. Width 110 cm. Depth 150 cm

Fine antique 19th century Andrew Lenehan Sydney flame cedar press on chest fitted with four drawers below

Antique English mahogany four drawer chest of drawers, standing on bracket feet, approx 90 cm high, 120 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique Pine chest of four drawers, standing on turned legs, approx 98 cm high, 99 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A stylish bamboo and ebonised four drawer tall chest, French, mid 19th century. 150 cm high, 98 cm wide, 43.5 cm deep

Antique French Louis Philippe four drawer commode, with marble top, fitted with well cast bronze mounts, approx 94 cm high, 125 cm wide, 55 cm deep

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

Napoleon III ormolu mounted ebonised boulle Semainier, c. 1860 white marble overlaid top above three mock drawers forming the fall front and four drawers, the whole inlaid with cut brass on a red tortoiseshell ground, with a shaped apron and bracket feet.

A cedar four drawer chest, Australian, 1840, 82 cm high, 84 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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

Antique 18th century French Louis XV oak four drawer commode, two drawers at the top and two long drawers below, 125 cm wide, 81.5 cm high

Georgian mahogany serpentine front chest of four drawers with brushing slide. Height 86 cm, width 92 cm, depth 51 cm.

A good Continental flame mahogany chest with a green marble top, and four drawers flanked by canted corners. 71 cm high, 75 cm wide, 41 cm deep