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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An exceptional Tasmanian blackwood and fiddle back blackwood chest of drawers of museum quality

A Tasmanian huon pine eight drawer chest with turned columns, solid huon drawer fronts with blackwood handles, circa 1860, 147 cm high, 124 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Rare pair of 19th century huon pine & blackwood 5 drawer chests of drawers

19th century 6 drawer chest of drawers inlaid with feature timbers including huon pine musk casuarina & blackwood

Huon pine & blackwood chest of drawers, Tasmanian origin, 19th century

An antique blackwood chest of drawers, 19th century, in rich tonings and having two half width and three full width drawers of graduating depth all with ring pull black metal handles and circular plates, with cross banding and stringing throughout and rais

Cantilever Colonial cedar chest of 5 drawers. A fine example with cockbeading to drawers, blackwood end grain handles, turned columns & huon pine secondary timbers. Tasmanian origin c1840. Height 120 cm, width 121 cm, depth 57 cm

Antique Tasmanian blackwood chest of 8 drawers, serpentine top with carved columns

19th century blackwood chest of drawers with elaborately carved centre drawer in curtain and tassel design and lion paw carved pilasters. Believed to be made by Charles Hughes Scottsdale

Antique Australian blackwood chest of drawers two short over two long drawers, 119 cm wide

A rare late 19th century Australian colonial fiddle back blackwood chest, with a moulded edge, below short drawers above three graduated drawers with drop handles flanked by spiral turned pilasters on bulbous feet.148 cm high, 122 cm wide 56 cm deep.

A good 19th century Australian colonial blackwood and cedar chest with shaped top drawer, below a deep drawers flanked small curved drawers, below graduated three drawers flanked by pilasters. 139 cm high,143 cm wide 64 deep.

An Australian blackwood chest of drawers, circa 1870, the rectangular top with a double moulded edge above an arrangement of short and long drawers flanked by bobbin turned columns and raised on bun feet. Width 124 cm. Depth 58 cm. Height 143 cm;. Provenan

An Australian fiddleback blackwood chest of drawers Manufacturer's plaque for W. H. Rocke & Co. Melbourne having an arrangement of eight drawers flanked by reeded stiles brass drop handles bun feet oval brass manufacturer's badge 117 x 145 x 56 cm

Fine late 19th century Australian blackwood chest with pine lined drawers and pressed metal handles