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 Louis XVI style marquetry inlaid marble top commode, Swedish, early 20th century, 91 cm high, 101 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A pair of marquetry inlaid ormolu mounted marble top semainier, French, 19th century, 118 cm high, 44 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A Louis XV style serpentine marble top marquetry inlaid bombe commode, late 19th/early 20th century, 81 cm high, 92 cm wide, 51 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode, stamped: 'Fabrication Francaise Bois de Rose', 81 cm high, 68 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A French transitional style walnut commode with marble top, and three drawers with floral marquetry decoration, 87 cm high, 83 cm wide, 46.5 cm deep

A small Louis XVI style marquetry chest of drawers, 19th century, with a bow front red and grey flecked marble top above four drawers of conforming profile, each with scrolling foliate inlay to strung reserves, small splayed feet and embellished with gilt

A fine transitional marquetry commode in mixed timbers, circa 1930, with an orange red speckled marble top of shaped profile above two drawers with lattice and quatrefoil detail to the centre flanked by vases of flowers, a shaped apron with drop, extended

A transitional style tulipwood and marquetry commode, late 19th to early 20th century, with a mottled orange bow front marble top with canted edges above two drawers with quarter veneer and book end veneer panelled and strung reserves decorated with musica

A Louis XV style tulipwood and mahogany marquetry bombe commode, early 20th century, with a vigorous black and white serpentine marble top above two drawers decorated with a single floral inlaid quarter veneer strung reserve, similar decoration to the side

A large tulipwood Louis XV style marquetry bombe commode, early 20th century, with a serpentine profile having a vigorous cream and purple marble top, two quarter veneer panelled drawers decorated with trailing flora inlay, the sides similar, generous hipp

A kingwood rouge marble top marquetry commode of small proportion with gilt bronze ormolu mounts and shaped cabriole legs, French, 19th century, 90 cm high, 89 cm wide, 46 deep

A Louis XV style kingwood marquetry commode, circa 1870’s, with a serpentine rouge flecked marble top above three full width drawers of similar profile with reserved floral inlay, similarly embellished to the sides with hipped edges flowing to slight

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated two drawer marble top commode. 78 cm high, 93 cm wide, 46 cm deep.

A fine French kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped marble top commode. 83 cm high, 101 cm wide, 44 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine French kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped commode. 85 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry commode. 84 cm high, 66 cm wide, 43 cm deep. Key in office.

A fine French Louis VX style kingwood and floral marquetry two drawer bombe shaped commode. 84 cm high, 86 cm wide, 43 cm deep.

A fine Louis XV style late 19th century commode, of serpentine outline with marble a top above three drawers with floral marquetry on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 90 cm high, 114 cm wide, 55 cm deep.

A French marquetry and kingwood serpentine front commode with marble top, 19th century, 88 cm high, 130 cm wide, 58 cm deep

A fine Louis XVI style marquetry secretaire À abbatant, 19th century, in mahogany and tulipwood and fashioned as a semainier, with a marble top, curved edges, a fall front with a bird's eye maple fitted interior and four drawers below, a shaped apron w

Late 19th century French kingwood and marquetry small chest rouge marble top with pierced brass gallery, three drawers on circular tapering legs

A two drawer commode with central marquetry inlay featuring antique musical instruments.. Provenance: Purchased from Ros Palmer Interiors 1995

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode. 81 cm high, 99 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry decorated bombe shaped two drawer marble top commode. 84 cm high, 79 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry three drawer commode, of compact proportions, decorated overall with floral inlaid panels, 81 x 42 x 32 cm

A 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry four drawer commode, 99 x 93 x 43 cm

A marquetry and gilt bronze mounted tall boy, Dutch 19th century, 150 cm high, 100 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A carved walnut and marquetry three-drawer chest, Italian 17th century, 90 cm high, 77 cm wide, 37 cm deep

A marquetry and walnut commode, Italian, 18th century, the top with a pair of inlaid panels of a regal gentleman and a lady, possibly the King and Queen of Naples, 128 cm wide, 90 cm high, 65 cm deep

French floral marquetry three drawer commode, bronze mounts, approx 85 cm high, 110 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode with fine ormolu mounts. 190 cm high, 110 cm wide, 60 cm deep

An impressive French Louis XV style bombe shaped kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode having fine ormolu mounts and shaped marble top. 96 cm high, 104 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry two drawer marble top commode. 84 cm high, 85 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated bombe shaped commode with shaped marble top. 84 cm high, 72 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A French kingwood, bombe shape, two drawer chest of drawers, with marble top, late 19th century, the internal carcass constructed with oak timber. the drawer fronts decorated with marquetry veneer floral work, bronze ormolu handles and similar bronze decor

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry bombe shaped commode with marble top. 85 cm high, 98 cm wide, 45 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style kingwood and floral marquetry decorated commode. 86 cm high, 125 cm wide, 53 cm deep.

A contemporary kingwood and floral marquetry three drawer commode. 84 cm high,115 cm wide, 52 cm deep.

A French late 19th century walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode, shaped marble top. 83 cm high,65 cm wide,41 cm deep.

A fine French Louis XV style kingwood and marquetry bombe shaped three drawer marble top commode. 81 cm high,115 cm wide,53 cm deep.

A French Louis XV style walnut and floral marquetry bombe shaped two drawer commode with marble top and fine bronze mounts. 90 cm high,116 cm wide,55 cm deep.

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