The Antique Bow Fronted Chest of Drawers was first introduced in the Georgian period usually with a brushing slide, this continued throughout the Regency and Victorian periods usually in Mahogany timbers. The shape of this particular chest is a bow or curved shape at the front. This was quite a skill for the cabinet maker to complete as it was not as simple as the straight front chest, as when you add shapes the construction becomes much more difficult and therefore it would have been made by a very skilled craftsman of the period. The best examples have decorative features like turned reeded columns down the sides and the original brass handles. The earlier examples will sit on bracket feet, wheres the slightly later, will stand on turned bun feet. The bow front antique chest can be a fine addition to your bedroom or living room, as they have lots of stage and also are quite stunning to look at, so can act as a focal point in your room. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Bow front & Serpentine Chests for sale
Below are a few examples that we have sold in the past, let us know if any style looks of interest.
Dating from around 1830 in the Regency period this antique mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers has a typical Neoclassical design. It has a beautifully figured top with a glass like feel, reeded edge and inlaid banding. The two over three drawers are all mahogany lined, cock beaded and have quality period brass lion head handles. This stylish Regency piece stands on typical splayed feet and still owns its original back boards. This antique chest of drawers is a quality example of furniture from the period, it does have some minor old repairs however the workmanship evident in them show they have been undertaken by a true craftsman and in no way detract from the beauty of the chest, only add to its character. It is a lovely rich warm shade of mahogany with a glass like feel, striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
This mahogany antique chest of drawers has a delightful bow front and is a superb quality example of a Regency piece dating from around 1820. The beautifully figured bow fronted top has a half round moulded edge and sits above a two over three graduating drawer configuration. All the drawers are mahogany lined and have cock beading along with oval brass handles. The chest stands elegantly on splayed bracket feet and proudly still owns its original back boards. It genuinely is a quality piece that has been well looked after and cared for during its lifetime.
This beautiful antique bow fronted mahogany chest of drawers dates from the Victorian period, circa 1840. It has a beautifully figured bow fronted top with a moulded edge above a two over four graduating drawer configuration. All have the original turned handles and have cock beading.
This antique Victorian, circa 1840, bow fronted chest of drawers is made from mahogany with large proportions providing a substantial amount of storage. It has a bow fronted top sitting on a two over four graduating drawer configuration. All are partially oak lined and have the original blue lining, the fronts have cock beading and display the original turned handles. The drawers are flanked by unusual moulded sides and the piece stands on beautiful turned bun feet.
This very desirable bow fronted antique mahogany chest on chest dates from the Regency period, circa 1830, and is of super quality. It has a moulded cornice above two over six oak lined drawers. All are cock beaded and have strikingly figured flamed mahogany fronts with oval brass handles. It stands elegantly on splayed bracket feet and oozes a sense of quality. Bow fronted chests on chests are very desirable due to the level of craftsmanship required to create such a design on such a large scale so it is with great pleasure we are able to offer this particular piece for sale.
Dating from around 1830 in the Regency period this fine mahogany antique chest of drawers has an attractive bow front. The beautifully figured top has a reeded edge and sits above four graduating drawers. All the drawers are cock beaded, display the original turned handles and contain very early blue lining paper.
This antique Victorian, circa 1860, bow fronted chest of drawers is made from mahogany with a bow fronted top sitting above four graduating drawer configuration. All are oak lined, cock beaded with beautifully figured fronts and later turned handles. The drawers are flanked by unusual moulded sides, with unusual circular motifs and the piece stands on beautiful turned bun feet. This fine antique chest, has the usual old repairs consistent with age and use, giving great character and authenticity.
Fine Regency Mahogany Antique Bow Fronted Chest of Drawers with Lion Head Handles. This Fine Regency Mahogany Antique Bow Fronted Chest of Drawers dates from circa, 1830 and is of nice small proportions. This stunning chest of drawers has a beautifully figured bow front top above two over two graduating cock beaded drawers with quality brass lion head handles. The chest sits on a shaped apron with splayed bracket feet and has the usual minor marks on the top, as to be expected with a piece of this age, however this does not detract from the overall beauty of this stunning set of drawers.
Hi James Just to let you know , the Chest of Drawers crossed the Irish Sea in A near Hurricane , but thanks to your carefull packaging , it arrived in Cork without a scratch , and fully intact , so we are most grateful for your sending it so well wrapped . It is gorgeous , slightly darker then your images , but really lovely , and resonates age , and quality . We are really pleased with it . The shippers were excellent , and I would use them again . Many thanks for all your help , and we may be back to you in 2016 . A very happy Christmas . Regards John
- Kathryn McDougall,
Thank you James, the chest of drawers delivered on many levels, one being true to photo and description, ( wouldn’t normally buy before I see the real thing), quick delivery by a very nice and considerate guy in a yellow van (we spotted him a mile away - literally). Also, the caring and professional way in which we are received when we contact you. I now need another chest of drawers similar to the first in order to finish the room - please contact me should anything suitable come your way. Many thanks.
Hi James,As you promised the military chest arrived early this morning. Unfortunately, the guys had to carry the chest up 4 flights of stairs as the the lift was out of order due to a flood in the block yesterday. Please pass to my thanks.Re the military chest, it is a lovely honest piece of furniture that I will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you and I shall certainly recommend your services.Regards,Richard