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.
Chest on Chests & Chest on Stands for sale
below are a few examples that we have sold, let us know if any particular style is what you are looking for and we can try to find something similar.
Early Georgian Walnut Antique Chest on Stand dating from George I period and oozes a sense of history. The rectangular top has cross banded detailing and a moulded edge creating a cornice over the body of the chest. Three oak lined drawers, all with pierced brass handles, sit above a moulded lower edge. Below this can be found a central drawer with two deeper drawers on either side, again these are all oak lined with pierced brass handles. This delightful piece is finished with a shaped apron and cabriole legs. At almost 300 years old it is hardly surprising that this beautiful antique chest on stand has undergone some restoration work during its lifetime. This in no way detracts from its overall splendour but only adds to its charm, character and sense of history.
Spectacular Golden Figured Walnut Antique Chest on Stand / Cabinet. Originally designed as a Music Cabinet, This Spectacular Golden Figured Walnut Antique could now be used as either a chest or cabinet and is extremely versatile and dates from the Art Deco period. Constructed from the finest quality figured walnut with a quarter veneered mirrored beautifully figured moulded top, above eight beautifully figured drawers with hinged drop down fronts, this wonderful piece stands on shaped cabriole legs and the walnut has aged to a rich golden shade.
- Martin Howell,
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.
- Chest On Chest to Cambridgeshire,
Happy customer, item delivered promptly and goods as described.Marion
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 Jon