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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French parquetry semainier with seven drawers, approx 130 cm x 56 cm wide, 40 cm deep

An Australian cedar chest, mid 19th century, chest of seven drawers, two central small drawers flanked by two Larger drawers, over three full width drawers, turned columns on break front plinth

Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with seven drawers flanked by fluted pilasters with bulls eye terminals

Fine quality Victorian mahogany chest fitted with seven drawers

Exquisite 19th century Tasmanian huon pine chest fitted with seven drawers flanked by spiral twist turned columns

Victorian mahogany Wellington chest, the rectangular top above a bank of seven drawers within moulded pilasters with truss capitals, one side lockable, raised on a plinth base, height 110 cm width 53 cm depth 42.5 cm

A Continental walnut tall seven drawer chest. 148 cm high, 62 cm wide, 41 cm deep

A tall French kingwood and cross banded seven drawer chest. 143 cm high, 55 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A superb French kingwood upright seven drawer chest, 152 cm high, 81 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A French mahogany upright seven drawer chest having marble top and brass gallery. 120 cm high, 60 cm wide, 35 cm deep

A Continental flame mahogany upright seven drawer tall chest. 135 cm high, 72 cm wide, 37 cm deep

A French Louis VX style walnut serpentine shaped seven drawer marble top tall chest. 141 cm high, 82 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A 1930s burr walnut chest of seven drawers in the Chippendale style, 90 cm high. 80 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Handsome huon pine chest of seven drawers with turned mushroom knobs on bun feet

A French kingwood and marquetry inlaid tall chest, with a marble top, above seven drawers with ormolu mounts. 139 cm high, 58 cm wide, 37 cm deep

Antique cedar seven drawer chest of drawers, approx 118 cm high, 110 cm wide

A fine mahogany Wellington chest, 19th century, the seven drawer chest having a plain extended top above seven full width drawers of graduating depth and supported on a plinth base, with a lockable vertical hinged flap, decorative corbels and turned knob h

Small chest of seven drawers, approx 77 cm high, 34 cm wide, 23 cm deep

Antique Australian cedar & pine seven drawer chest of drawers, fitted with split bobbin turned decoration to the sides, approx 123 cm high, 110 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany miniature Wellington chest, seven drawers, turned wood knobs, on plinth base, drawers all locked in place by a hinged panel to both sides, one panel with lock and key. 37.5 x 26 x 51 cm

A Louis XVI style French tall chest, the marble top, above seven drawers on short square tapering legs. 143 cm high, 77 cm wide, 38 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut tall chest, the yellow shaped marble top, above seven drawers, flanked by canted corners, with a shaped apron, on tapering supports, with ormolu sabots. 110 cm high, 46 cm wide, 32 cm deep.

Australian colonial cedar chest of seven drawers flanked by half turned bobbin columns

A Victorian Australian cedar chest, circa 1880, of generous proportions having an extended top with an ogee shaped frieze drawer above an arrangement of seven drawers with turned handles including a central panelled drawer flanked by two smaller and a matc

A 19th century Wellington chest of seven drawers in ebonised finish with gold incised detail. Height 121 cm. Width 70 cm. Depth 46 cm

A late Georgian mahogany chest of seven drawers with ebony stringing, cock beading and shaped apron

19th century birds eye huon pine chest of seven drawers with full columns and cantilever top

A French Empire flame mahogany chest, the marble top above seven drawers flanked bronze mounts. 145 cm high, 83 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

An Australian pine straight front chest, 19th century with seven drawers. 121 cm high, 107 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Louis XV style Semainier, of tapering serpentine form in walnut, kingwood and satinwood surmounted with a caramel marble top, with seven drawers each with stringing and floral inlay, foliate brass pulls, escutcheons, the sides with herringbone parquetry,

A French Louis XV style kingwood tall chest, of bombe outline with marble top above seven drawers flanked by ormolu corbels with a shaped apron on cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. 138 cm high, 77 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A French 19th century rosewood tall chest, with a rouge marble top above seven drawers flanked by satinwood canted corners. 136 cm high, 94 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A French walnut and inlaid tall chest, the marble top above seven drawers with ring ormolu handles flanked by pilasters with ormolu corbels on turned feet. 145 cm high, 70 cm wide, 38 cm deep

19th century cantilever figured huon pine chest of seven drawers with turned column supports

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