The Antique Serpentine Front Chest of Drawers is a type of 18th and 19th Century chest with a very unusual shape. They have a wavy edge similar to the bow front but with half a bow front on either side. This design was first introduced in the Georgian period and these are most sought after by collectors in quality woods such as solid Mahogany. Only a very skilled Cabinet maker could produce such skilled craftsmanship so they are quite rare to find as they were not commonly built. You often see these made by renowned makes like Gillows of Lancaster, the rarest from the Regency period with brass lion paw feet or with canted sides along with blind fretwork carvings and a pull out brushing slide. Victorian and Edwardian Cabinet makers introduced this wonderfully shaped antique serpentine front chest but in appealing smaller proportions and constructed from earlier Georgian timbers so are real quality pieces but at a fraction of the price of an original. They sill look like a genuine period chest with canted corners, graduating oak lined serpentine shaped drawers with brass handles and are an ideal piece of bedroom or living room furniture. Have a look below at our lovely examples we currently have available for sale.
Bow front & Serpentine Chests for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold serpentine chests but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
- James Warren,
I had a very pleasant experience dealing with James Driscoll's Antiques on-line from Toronto. James was very accommodating in taking more pictures of the chest I was interested in while also answering questions in a short time. Once I decided I wanted the chest, he made it easy to send money and then arrange for delivery. The shipping company he used was amazing and their follow up service even better as we had problems with FEDEX when they delivered it to my home. The packaging was excellent as well.I am so pleased with my Georgian chest of drawers. Thank you James. It was a very pleasant experience and I would highly recommend James and his catalogue of furniture. I keep looking at the site for more...Warmly,James Warren Toronto, Canada
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.