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Chest of drawers

Developed in the mid-17th century from a chest with drawers in the base. By the 1680s the “chest” was entirely made up of drawers: three long ones of varying depth, topped by two short ones side by side. Sometimes a flat slide with two small pull handles was included at the top, to extend the table space, this was referred to as a bachelor chest with brushing slide. Early chests of drawers were mounted on bun or ball feet or on stands with legs joined by stretchers. Drawer pulls were initially of turned wood and later of brass, with ornamental brass shields, or escutcheons, that varied in design with the fashion. Double chests, or chest-on-chests, once known as tallboys in England and Highboys in America, were also made. In the mid-18th century the rectangular lines of the chest of drawers were often modified. Bevelled corners with chinoiserie, or Chinese-style fretwork were introduced, and serpentine fronts and bow fronts became popular. A heavier version, with corner plasters (partially projecting columns), was introduced during the Regency period, and turned wooden handles returned to favour in the Victorian era.

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A serpentine mahogany chest of drawers with strapwork marquetry

A serpentine mahogany chest of drawers with strapwork marquetry

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered dresser

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered dresser

Mahogany serpentine dresser

Mahogany serpentine dresser

Mahogany and yew burl banded dresser

Mahogany and yew burl banded dresser

Althorp mahogany dressing chest

Althorp mahogany dressing chest

Georgian style mahogany serpentine dresser

Georgian style mahogany serpentine dresser

A Chinoiserie red lacquer serpentine bombe chest of drawers

A Chinoiserie red lacquer serpentine bombe chest of drawers

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered chest of drawers

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered chest of drawers

Mahogany break bowfront chest of drawers

Mahogany break bowfront chest of drawers

A large George II mahogany bombe chest of drawers

A large George II mahogany bombe chest of drawers

Mahogany serpentine chest of drawers

Mahogany serpentine chest of drawers

Regency style serpentine chest of drawers

Regency style serpentine chest of drawers

Santo Domingo rosewood chest of drawers

Santo Domingo rosewood chest of drawers

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

A flame mahogany and ebonised chest of drawers

A flame mahogany and ebonised chest of drawers

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

George III style tall chest

George III style tall chest

Chinoiserie commode

Chinoiserie commode

Eglomise chest

Eglomise chest

A reclaimed oak and figured ash veneered chest of drawers

A reclaimed oak and figured ash veneered chest of drawers

Japanese chinoiserie chest

Japanese chinoiserie chest

A mahogany bombe bedside chest of drawers

A mahogany bombe bedside chest of drawers

A mahogany and rosewood crossbanded Wellington chest

A mahogany and rosewood crossbanded Wellington chest

Eglomise lamp table

Eglomise lamp table

Mahogany Brooksby chest of drawers

Mahogany Brooksby chest of drawers

Mahogany serpentine chest

Mahogany serpentine chest

Regency style wild rosewood occasional table

Regency style wild rosewood occasional table

Poplar burl chest of drawers

Poplar burl chest of drawers

Regency style bedside chest

Regency style bedside chest

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

A mahogany and hickory veneered dresser

A mahogany and hickory veneered dresser

  • £1,950  £4650
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Large chest of drawers or dresser

Large chest of drawers or dresser

  • £1,938  £3875
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Regency style mahogany chest of drawers

Regency style mahogany chest of drawers

Althorp mahogany lamp table or bedside chest

Althorp mahogany lamp table or bedside chest

Silver leaf mirrored chest of drawers

Silver leaf mirrored chest of drawers

A gilt faux book chest of drawers

A gilt faux book chest of drawers

Louis XV style chest on legs

Louis XV style chest on legs

Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers

  • £1,155  £2310
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Art Deco style chest of drawers

Art Deco style chest of drawers

  • £1,070  £2140
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Regency style bow fronted chest

Regency style bow fronted chest

  • £884  £1860
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Venetian Art Deco style chest

Venetian Art Deco style chest

  • £873  £1745
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Madeleine bombe chest - olive and ivory

Madeleine bombe chest - olive and ivory

  • £865  £1730
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A hickory bedside chest of drawers

A hickory bedside chest of drawers

  • £795  £1605
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Mauretania 4 drawer chest

Mauretania 4 drawer chest

  • £695  £1840
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Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers

  • £543  £1085
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