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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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
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