chests of drawers

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


William & Mary oak and olive wood chest of drawers with exotic wood inlay and cushion moulded drawers. Circa 1690. W36". £2250

walnut bachelors chest

Early 18th century walnut batchelors chest of fine colour and original condition and retaining its original brasses. W31". D12". H30". Circa 1725. £11500

18th century chest on stand

George II walnut chest on stand with a shaped apron and raised on cabriole legs. W40". Circa 1740 £2850

queen anne chest of drawers

Queen Anne oak and walnut crossbanded chest of two over three drawers of small proportions and good colour. W36". H36". Circa 1710. £1375

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". SOLD


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 good colour with two over three drawers over bun feet. Circa 1690. W39". D21". H36". SOLD


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


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



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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.