Antique Chest on Stands came in two forms, as a clothes chest but also as a writing Cabinet on Stand. During the mid 17th Century a new form of writing furniture was made with its own base support and Instead of a sloping lift up lid, it had a fall front concealing drawers and pigeon holes. 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 legs. This design was copied by English Cabinet makers during the late 17th / early 18th Century but adding a chest of drawers onto the stand, making a very useful but decorative piece of furniture with lots of clothes storage. Antique chest on stands of this form were extremely popular throughout the Georgian period, they always had quality decorative brass handles and key escutcheons, especially on the highly figured pieces. The main woods used in their construction was Mahogany and Oak although some were still in figured burr Walnut veneers, usually cross banded in a feather veneer. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.