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.
An Impressive New Zealand made Art Deco style chest of drawers, in kahikatea, with three secretaire drawers raised over five banks of double drawers with unusual full length continuous relief handles extending to sides, height105 cm, width112 cm
A fine Art Deco break front wardrobe in figured walnut veneer, possibly French with central arched cupboard with shell scroll moulding, above chest of drawers, flanked by wardrobes with scroll moulded pediments, one fitted with rail the other with shelf an
A walnut and mahogany Art Deco chest, circa 1930, the rectangular top over three quarter panel veneered drawers with circular copper handles flanked by two half columns on a shaped skirt and tapering circular legs. Height 81 cm. Width 99 cm. Depth 42.5 cm.
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