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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A Georgian flat-front mahogany chest of six drawers, configured as three small drawers above three full-width drawers, oak lined, each drawer with oval brass plate back handles and with cockbeaded edges. Raised on bracket feet. 102 cm x 52 cm x 102 cm

Peter Gay chest of drawers, Edwardian burr walnut and oak, six drawer with brass honey stick drop handles

A Victorian mahogany chest. Victorian, circa 1860, mahogany on pine, six drawers on solid plinth

An early 19th century flame mahogany chest, with six drawers, and veneered borders. Applied with decorative brass fittings.

A walnut chest of six drawers, Currently mounted on bracket feet and with fluted canted sides, swan neck handles. Height 110 cm, width 1100, depth 54 cm.

Early South Australian Barossa Valley cedar chest of drawers with three quarter gallery top fitted with six drawers

Victorian mahogany collectors cabinet the arched top with chip carved thistle decoration, hinged compartment, six drawers enclosed by two raised panel doors within turned columns

A George I walnut chest on chest having two drawers below and six drawers above. 140 cm high, 110 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A Victorian cedar secretaire Wellington chest. Later 19th century, the chest with six drawers of differing depths, one with a faux front serving as a fold down writing plane and concealing two half width drawers and four pigeon holes, with acanthus carved

Antique 19th century English six drawer chest of drawers, painted decoration, with applied faux bamboo to the sides, approx 120 cm high, 128 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Antique George III mahogany and oak chest on chest, fitted with six drawers to the top on a three long graduated drawer base, all on shaped bracket feet, approx 183 cm high, 110 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Early 19th century mahogany specimen cabinet the six drawers with small brass handles

Late 19th century New Zealand Colonial collector's cabinet with six drawer combination

Antique English mahogany chest of six drawers, standing on shaped bracket feet, approx 113 cm high, 124 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany secretaire Wellington chest c.1870-1880. The chest has six drawers, with two interior half size drawers. The third drawer has a pull-out secretaire hinged front, with tooled leather writing surface. Height 118 cm; width 61 cm; Depth 41

A Berryman white lacquer chest of six drawers. 107 x 82 x 42 cm

An early Victorian mahogany chest of drawers with a reverse breakfront top above a frieze drawer and a further six drawers, 135 x 124.5 x 60 cm.

Tallboy: English country pine six drawer chest on turned bun feet with brass swing handles. Early to mid 19th century. Height 150 cm, width 105 cm, depth 54 cm

A French mahogany tall chest. The marble top, above six drawers with ring handles. 79 cm high, 55 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A Victorian burr walnut chest of drawers, circa 1880, with an arrangement of six drawers, 122 cm high, 120 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Colonial cedar six drawer cockbeaded chest with rope twist columns and knulling

Good antique flame mahogany six drawer chest of drawers, standing on turned feet, the top section displaying a central carved & dated shield 1873, displaying an ogee moulded pediment, standing 178 cm high, 139 cm wide

Huon pine bird's eye maple and American oak chest of six drawers by makers Peter Gay, Gays Arcade Adelaide

Victorian flame mahogany chest of drawers fitted with six drawers flanked by tapering facetted columns

A good Colonial cedar chest of six drawers three short double depth drawers over three long drawers with barley twist column supports and turned feet 127 x 52 x 127 cm

An early 20th century American oak chest fitted with two banks each of six drawers with brass handles; side locking mechanism. (with key) height 82 cm. Width 98 cm

Victorian rosewood Wellington chest of six drawers, hinged right hand flap. Height 141 cm. Width 60 cm. Provenance: Seddon Estate

Victorian mahogany chest with six drawers, cock beading & mushroom knobs

A 19th century European marquetry tallboy with six drawers and neo-classical decoration of cornucopia, vases and central lyre. Small veneer losses. Height 156.5 cm. Width 102 cm. Depth 43 cm

Victorian six drawer specimen cabinet c.1880s, pine with graduated drawers, turned knob handles, good colour, and patina. Height 40 cm. Width 35.5 cm. Depth 22.5 cm

A decorative French walnut tall chest with a rouge marble top above six drawers with rosewood banding and cast foliate decorated handles flanked canted corner and ormolu corbels 160 cm high, 187 cm wide 60 cm deep.

A vintage Danish teak chest of drawers, the six drawers with integrated handles on turned legs. Height 155 cm. Width 79 cm. Diameter 39.5 cm

A French 19th century walnut and floral marquetry chest, the rouge marble top above six drawers with leaf marquetry on tapering supports with ormolu sabots. Height 115. Length 144 cm. Depth 28 cm

Victorian mahogany milliners chest, the six drawers below a raised shelf

A decorative French kingwood tall chest of bombe shape with marble top and six drawers with fine ormolu sabots. Height 153 cm. Width 72 cm. Depth 39 cm