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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

Mahogany break bowfront chest of drawers

Mahogany break bowfront chest of drawers

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered chest of drawers

A Noix finish flame Etimoe veneered 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

A flame mahogany and ebonised chest of drawers

A flame mahogany and ebonised chest of drawers

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

Mahogany Break bowfront chest of drawers

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

An oval flame mahogany veneered nightstand

Chinoiserie commode

Chinoiserie commode

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

Mahogany chest of drawers with marble top

George III style tall chest

George III style tall chest

Eglomise chest

Eglomise chest

A mahogany and hickory veneered dresser

A mahogany and hickory veneered dresser

  • £2,945  £4650
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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

Regency style wild rosewood occasional table

Regency style wild rosewood occasional table

Mahogany serpentine chest

Mahogany serpentine chest

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

Military Campaign Wellington tall chest of drawers

Regency style bedside chest

Regency style bedside chest

Regency style bow fronted chest

Regency style bow fronted 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

Poplar burl chest of drawers

Poplar burl chest of drawers

  • £1,085  £2170
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Mauretania 4 drawer chest

Mauretania 4 drawer chest

  • £920  £1840
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A hickory bedside chest of drawers

A hickory bedside chest of drawers

  • £795  £1605
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Louis XV Style Mapha Burr Bowfront Chest

Louis XV Style Mapha Burr Bowfront Chest

  • £575  £1150
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