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.
James,I received the chest this week. It looks fantastic. Thank you for all of your help here. I was a pleasure doing business with you, could not have been an easier process. Cheers, Ricker
- 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 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