chests of drawers

A wide variety of chest of drawers & chests on stands can be found on these pages.

Early 18th century bachelors chest

Rare and unusual early 18th century walnut and mahogany bachelors chest/side table of small propotions. with a folding top over six small and shaped drawers and square legs. Circa 1735. W29". D12". H30". £2850


George II red walnut chest of drawers of smal proportions. with original brasses. Circa 1730. w36". D20". H36.5". £1550

Fine Wlilliam & Mary walnut and inlaid chest of drawers of fine colour with two over three drawers over bun feet. Circa 1690. W39". D21". H36". £2850


Queen Anne walnut chest of two over three drawers of good colour and bold proprtions. Circa 1710. W39.5". D23". H37". SOLD

William & mary inlaid chest of drawers

This particular piece is a William & Mary oak chest of drawers of small proportions. It is further inlaid with olivewood & boxwood decorations. It is standing on bun feet. Circa 1690. W37". D22". H36". £3850

George ii walnut chest on stand

George II walnut chest on stand of good colour having two over three drawers on an original stand with a drawer and a shaped apron with cabriole legs. Circa 1740-50 W40". D21". H70". £3850


Late 17th century oak chest on stand with moulded drawer front decoration and an origanal stand with wavey stetchers. Circa 1680-1700. W38". D22". £2250



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chest of drawers & chests on stands

Chest of drawers  were developed from the coffer or chest, which was at the time the main piece of furniture used for storage.

The Elizabethian period saw that a chest with a drawer in the bottom for easier access had appeared. These chests with a drawer, or mule chests as they are known today were often profusely carved and inlaid with exotic wood and bone; being typical of much of the furniture from Elizabeth I’s and James I’s period.

As the 17th century drew on more drawers were added creating the chest of drawers as we know today.

By the late 17th century walnut and inlaid chests of drawers both in the solid and veneered were a popular alnernative to oak.

Walnut and oak chests of drawers were occasionally mounted on a decorative stand; with fine turned legs and flat wavey stretchers.

By the 18th century chest on stands were supported on cabriole shaped legs.

The next stage of development was putting a chest of drawers on top of another chest of drawers. From the early 18th century, the  walnut and mahogany periods that followed these pieces of furniture were known as chest on chests or tallboys.