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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

Brass inlaid serpentine dressing chest

Brass inlaid serpentine dressing chest

Mahogany and yew burl banded dresser

Mahogany and yew burl banded dresser

Brass inlaid serpentine chest of drawers

Brass inlaid serpentine chest of drawers

A Chinoiserie red lacquer serpentine bombe chest of drawers

A Chinoiserie red lacquer serpentine bombe 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

A laurel burl and rosewood chest of drawers

A laurel burl and rosewood chest of drawers

Mahogany serpentine chest of drawers

Mahogany serpentine chest of drawers

Santo Domingo rosewood chest of drawers

Santo Domingo rosewood chest of drawers

Regency style serpentine chest of drawers

Regency style serpentine chest of drawers

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

Chinoiserie commode

Chinoiserie commode

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

Eglomise chest

Eglomise chest

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered dresser

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered dresser

  • £3,181  £7070
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George III style tall chest

George III style tall chest

Japanese chinoiserie chest

Japanese chinoiserie chest

Empire style chest of drawers - 9 Drawers

Empire style chest of drawers - 9 Drawers

Empire chest of 9 drawers - burr oak with ebony

Empire chest of 9 drawers - burr oak with ebony

A mahogany bombe bedside chest of drawers

A mahogany bombe bedside chest of drawers

Eglomise lamp table

Eglomise lamp table

A mahogany and rosewood crossbanded Wellington chest

A mahogany and rosewood crossbanded Wellington chest

Mahogany serpentine chest

Mahogany serpentine chest

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

Althorp mahogany dressing chest

Althorp mahogany dressing chest

  • £2,241  £5570
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Regency style bedside chest

Regency style bedside chest

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered chest of drawers

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered chest of drawers

  • £1,980  £4475
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Empire chest of 5 drawers - dark burr oak painted

Empire chest of 5 drawers - dark burr oak painted

Empire chest of 5 drawers - burr oak

Empire chest of 5 drawers - burr oak

Empire chest of 5 drawers - burr oak with ebony

Empire chest of 5 drawers - burr oak with ebony

Empire chest of 5 drawers - Ebony and gilt

Empire chest of 5 drawers - Ebony and gilt

Silver leaf mirrored chest of drawers

Silver leaf mirrored chest of drawers

Mahogany Brooksby chest of drawers

Mahogany Brooksby chest of drawers

  • £1,107  £2465
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Empire bedside chest of drawers

Empire bedside chest of drawers

A hickory bedside chest of drawers

A hickory bedside chest of drawers

  • £715  £1605
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