Antique Chest on Chests was an adaptation of the Chest on Stand. They were known as the Antique Tallboy or more commonly called a Highboy in America and was first seen in the early 18th century in Britain. They are mainly built from Mahogany or country Oak and often come with Chippendale features such as Ogee bracket feet or blind fretwork carved canted corners. The best examples are in a figured Walnut and Oak lined with brass swan neck handles.
Antique Chest on Stand
The Antique Chest on Stand came in two forms, one as a clothes chest and the other being a writing Cabinet on Stand. This opened to form a writing surface supported on cords at either side. The exterior usually had very good figured veneering with oyster veneers or walnut or with floral marquetry. The legs of the stand were usually baluster, spiral turned or cabriole. They were very handsome pieces of antique furniture.
Here are some good examples that we have previously sold. This included this Georgian Figured Walnut Antique Chest on Chest / Tallboy, with very desirable small proportions. A curved moulded cornice sits above three over six graduating oak lined drawers. All the drawers have moulded edges, delightfully figured walnut with cross banding and pierced brass handles with key escutcheons. It stands elegantly on shaped bracket feet and splits into two sections aiding transportation.
This Stately George III Figured Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest has dental moulding below which can be found two over six graduating cock beaded drawers with oval brass handles. It stands proudly on shaped bracket feet and has aged to a lovely warm medium shade of mahogany.
This 8th Century Chest on Chest / Tallboy has the original brushing slide that pulls out to reveal a green baize lining surface. This beautiful antique chest stands elegantly on Ogee bracket feet and still boasts ownership of its original back boards.
Unusual Tall Antique Georgian Oak Tallboy which has the original brass swan neck handles and brass key escutcheons, quite unusual for a piece of this age. It can also still boast ownership of its original back boards along with clout nails! This characterful charming antique chest is remarkably relatively untouched from its 240 years of life.
This Fine Regency Inlaid Mahogany Antique Chest on Chest, Dates from around 1820 and is a super example of a country piece being made to fine specifications. All the drawers are beautifully figured, part oak lined and have the original decorative floral design brass handles. The drawers still contain the original blue lining paper, which is in good condition and have pine sides painted to resemble oak (a very common practice during the period and typical of a country piece). The corners of the chest are canted and have delightful inlaid decoration, providing that extra something special. This antique chest stands on shaped bracket feet and is a lovely example of a country piece at its very best.
This Tall boy has an unusual drawer configuration and made with Cuban Mahogany. The shaped bracket feet having raised fielded decoration, an intricate piece of workmanship only ever achieved by a true craftsman of the period.
Dating From Around 1750. This magnificent Chest On Stand circa, 1750 has a banded moulded top above two over three oak lined drawers with feather banded edge, decorative pear drop handles and moulded drawer dividers. The base has three oak lined drawers with a shaped apron, the most spectacular cabriole legs with ball and claw feet and the sides also have feather banding. Being such a lovely early piece it has the beautiful charm, character and restorations that you would expect to find from a true antique.
Chest On Chest to Cambridgeshire,
Happy customer, item delivered promptly and goods as described.Marion
We bought a beautiful, and wonderfully restored chest of drawers in summer 2019. Not the cheapest by any means but a) you get what you pay for and b) the quality of the furniture exceeded already high expectations. Delivery was reasonably priced and exactly as promised - with very careful help to get the chest into the house and up to a first floor bedroom. Overall, highly recommended.
Hello James – just to let you know we are absolutely delighted with the chest of drawers.
In fact, we could not be more pleased. Thank you.
(In addition, your couriers were bang on time and very polite)
many thanks and best regards