A functional, useful piece of furniture, antique chest of drawers are perfect for storing clothes and underwear. There are generally two styles of antique chest of drawers, a waist height or shoulder height chest of drawers. Often made from solid, durable hard woods they are long lasting investment pieces and look great in the bedroom. Typically rectangular, antique chests of drawers have up to several drawers. Dependent on what impact you want the chest of drawers to have on the space will determine what size and style you wish to purchase. Antique chest of drawers come in a wide variety of wood tones so you will be able to pick up an attractive item to suit your home décor.
In late medieval Europe chests became widely used in the households of the time, especially noble houses, a hinged chest with one drawer underneath was known as a coffer, this evolved into a chest with two drawers underneath it known as a mule chest, over time more and more drawers were added and by 1690 coffers and mule chests had faded as household items of furniture and were replaced by chest of drawers. Over the years there has been many variations of antique chest of drawers, including for example tall boys, dressers and commodes. Antique commodes are wider than they are tall, usually veneered with ornate legs and often with marble tops.
Antique Georgian chests of drawers are often elegant, classical and simple in their design. Built between 1714 and 1820 these antique chests of drawers are fairly conservative in their design compared to some more opulent antique chest of drawers you can purchase. Usually made from hard woods, such as walnut, oak or mahogany, they are long lasting. From this period it is possible to find antique two over three drawers chest of drawers. Distinctive features of Georgian antique chest of drawers can be their leather panels, bracket feet and brass hard-wear.
First seen in the 1820s, this antique chest of drawers is tall and narrow in shape, they continued to be made throughout the Victorian period, compact in size, it is a desirable antique chest of drawers and is often very valuable.
Victorian antique chest of drawers were made between 1837 and 1901, a lot of these pieces feature intricate carvings, with curves and patterns of flowers, foliage and animals. A Victorian chest of drawers is similar to Art Nouveau chest of drawers in their design.
Antique Art Deco chest of drawers were made during the early to mid 19thC, their designs take inspiration from Roman and Greek influences, often brass and gold was added to the wood of the chest of drawers. In the design gods, lion heads and other mythical creatures were often depicted.
Other styles of antique chest of drawers include the Louis XVI chest of drawer, which is rectangular; a subtle design made from mahogany usually it is sometimes painted. In the 18th C serpentine and bow fronted chest of drawers were more popular, serpentine antique chest of drawers are considered more valuable than flat fronted chest of drawers. When purchasing antique chest of drawers originality is important, does the antique chest of drawers have the original chest handles? Are the drawer’s linings original? In terms of investment pieces, antique chest of drawers made from wood such as oak, mahogany or walnut are more valuable than pine, as are veneered antique chest of drawers. Bandings, stringing’s and carvings that may have been added by some cabinet makers also enhance an antique chest of drawers appearance and value, whereas those that have undergone repairs or remodelling may have lost some value due to this. It is also possible to pick up some high quality vintage chest of drawers.
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Offered for sale is this 19th Century Victorian antique chest of two over three drawers in scumble glaze.
An excellent Victorian chest of drawers in burr walnut. Very well constructed in solid walnut with attractive burr walnut veneers. With rounded corners and standing on flattened bun feet and ...
Tall narrow walnut victorian chest of drawers
Dating to around the 1880’s, having original marble top, working locks (1 key) the walnut veneer laid over a solid oak carcass.
Superb Quality Regency Mahogany Antique Bow-fronted Chest of Drawers. A large proportioned chest of drawers with well executed twisted & reeded columns & original gilt brass, ring-pull handles. Handles with ...
A charming late 19th/early 20th century burr walnut chest of drawers. Of serpentine form and standing on bracket feet. The top is cross banded and the arrangement of 4 long ...
Wonderfully rough and ready and such an appealing size - tall and narrow great to place into lots of spaces. The cabinet is a combo of 24 drawers of differing ...
A stunning and quality piece. With two drawers this kingwood and marquetry bombe shaped commode chest of drawers with excellent quality brass mounts and being oak lined with superb ...
Substantial Mid Victorian oak chest of two short over three long graduated drawers with brass handles and a reeded top edge raised on turned feet.The depth of the drawers graduate ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century Georgian antique mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers. They are very original.
Very Pretty Queen Anne Style Bachelors Chest. Raised upon Bracket feet with 4 Oak lined drawers. The handles feature engraved and etched back plates. The foldover top of the chest ...
Fine Quality, Georgian Mahogany Bow-Fronted Chest of Drawers in excellent original condition with original feet, locks, turned wooden handles & beautifully turned columns. Finely proportioned top with fine thumb moulding ...
Sustainable and quality furniture that will add style to your home!
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A beautiful and large chest of drawers. Constructed from pine, oak and mahogany with ...
19th Century Anglo-Indian teak military chest, having brass mounts, brass recessed handles and carrying handles at the sides, the chest consisting of four drawers, a secretaire drawer at the top ...
This is a fine quality burl walnut serpentine chest on chest with a brushing slide. The chest is in great condition with the odd mark associated with use over many ...
Exceptional & Unusual Small Proportioned Georgian Oak Chest with Press Top, Circa 1820. Rare to find & in superb original condition, original locks, handles & feet. Panelled sides & back. ...
Excellent 17th Century oak chest of drawers, originally made in two parts, the top two drawer section lifts off the bottom two drawer section & when together is held in ...
This is a 19th Century Victorian antique walnut chest of drawers with a lovely top, 2 short drawers and 4 long drawers all with original brass handles and thumb moulded ...
This Regency figured mahogany low chest of drawers features 2 short drawers over 2 long drawers, with the original brass knob handles and ebonized highlights. The chest is supported on ...
This lovely and versatile sized early Victorian antique mahogany chest features 2 short over 2 long graduated drawers on a plinth base with turned round mahogany knob handles.
Offered for sale is this 19th Century Georgian antique mahogany chest of drawers. It has 2 small drawers over 3 longer drawers.
This is a fine quality serpentine walnut chest on chest of small proportions with 6 drawers and a brushing slide. It has wonderful figured walnut drawer fronts with tulip and ...
This attractive chest of drawers looks to date from the mid 19th Century, although it is in the earlier Georgian style. It is constructed from solid oak and consists of ...
This is a fine English antique walnut shaped chest on chest of excellent quality.
This exceptionally good quality walnut chest on chest has a very intricate shaped front and is of ...
Exhibition quality chest on chest by Whytock and Reid of Edinburgh with polished top and beneath are sections with carved foliate designs to the front and sides, with the gables ...
An extremely rare George I Walnut Bachelors Chest of good colour and patina with original handles and hinges. This is a wonderful example with good clean oak linings, original veneers ...
This is a decorative pine chest of drawers. Original paint which has now taken on a very distressed desirable appearance.3 deep drawers with wooden turned handles and carved escutcheons. Fluted and ...
This is a beautiful decorative elm chest of drawers. 3 drawer commode with birch inlaid florals on the drawer fronts. Top surface with the same designs, cross banded with a burr ...
This is a fine quality solid 19th Century antique oak chest of drawers. Possibly Danish with later paint which has now taken on its current appearance. It has 4 drawers ...
This is a large and impressive mid 19th Century Danish antique commode. It has a solid oak construction, comprising of 2 parts with the main body sitting on a separate ...
Offered for sale is this antique bow fronted three draw mahogany dressing table with oval mirror and spade swept legs.
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