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 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
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
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
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.
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