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Pair of French Commodes Bombe' Form with Elaborate Bronze Mounts
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of French commodes with bronze doré mounts cross match kingwood veneers Pale cream marble.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Magnificent 19th Century Marble-Top Bombe Commode from France
Located in Pully, CH
Magnificent 19th century marble-top two-drawer bombe commode from Paris, circa 1880. This commode is made from rosewood and features exquisite floral marquetry decoration and origina...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Continental Painted Bombe-Form Chest of Drawers
Located in Stamford, CT
An early period Continental brick and faux-marble painted pine bombe-form commode or chest of drawers. Restorations.
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Antique Early 19th Century European Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5010 very attractive bombe commode in kingwood, having original veined marble top over three oak lined drawers with handmade dovetails, all fitted with original working locks and t...
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Antique 19th Century French Edwardian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Kingwood

  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
H 33.86 in. W 33.08 in. D 15.75 in.
Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn5099, very attractive bombe commode in kingwood, having original veined marble top over three oak lined drawers with handmade dovetails, all fitted with original working locks and ...
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Early 20th Century French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Kingwood

  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Turn of the Century Bombe Chest of Drawers
H 36.23 in. W 27.56 in. D 15.75 in.
Italian Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Italian Louis XV style olive wood bombe chest of drawers with marble top and brass hardware, circa 1930's.
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Vintage 1930s Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Brass

  • Italian Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • Italian Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
H 37.25 in. W 57.25 in. D 25 in.
Louis XV Style Painted Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Louis XV style painted bombe chest of drawers with bronze mounts and a marble top, circa 1900.
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Vintage 1910s European Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century Dutch Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in High Point, NC
18th century Dutch bombe chest of drawers made from oak. The top has a scalloped edge, which is also beveled, following down to a serpentine shaped case with four drawers, also shape...
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Antique 18th Century Dutch Dutch Colonial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Chest of Drawers
H 31.38 in. W 35 in. D 20 in.
Elegant French Bombe Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful French bombe style intricately inlaid mixed wood chest of drawers having delicate brass ormalu decoration and ornate brass hardware. The top is solid marble in shades of cr...
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Old World Italian Carved Wood Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Gorgeous carved wood bombe chest with creamy marble top having a shell motife and two roomy drawers.
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1990s Italian Renaissance Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Small Bombé Burlwood Two-Drawer Chest Of Drawers, Northern Italy
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Miniature Rococo style bombé commode with two drawers and with the original brass handware.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Black Lacquer Bombé Chest
Located in Stamford, CT
Beautiful black lacquered bombe chest with brass pulls. Interiors lined with fleur-de-lis paper.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Black Lacquer Bombé Chest
  • Black Lacquer Bombé Chest
  • Black Lacquer Bombé Chest
  • Black Lacquer Bombé Chest
H 29 in. W 33 in. D 14.5 in.
Swedish Rococo Period 1760s Painted Wood Bombé Chest with Four Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Swedish Rococo period painted wood bombé chest from the mid 18th century, with four drawers and faux marble top. Created in Sweden during the third quarter of the 18th century, thi...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Swedish Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

1950's Swedish Kingwood and Mahogany Marble Top Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
1950s Swedish kingwood and mahogany marble top bombe chest of drawers. Good quality midcentury made rococo revival 3-drawer commode. Loose fitting marble of browns and greys which...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Rococo Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Rococo Style Hand Painted Venetian Bombe Chest of Drawers, Early 1900's
Located in London, GB
A vivacious Rococo style Venetian bombe chest from the early 1900's, hand painted with delicate floral motifs on the main colours of old white and cobalt blue with gilded highlights.
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Early 20th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Dutch 18th Century Bombe Chest of Drawers with Floral Marquetry
Located in London, GB
A good Dutch chest of drawers Constructed in walnut, with an excellent color and patination, having a complex arrangement of inlaid foliate and avian motifs; rising from lions paw...
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Antique 18th Century Dutch Dutch Colonial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Antique Swedish Marble Bombe Commode Chest of Drawers Louis XV Style
Located in Lisboa, Lisboa
A fine quality early 20th century Swedish marble topped and bronze mounted marquetry bombe commode. This stunning decorative and richly hued commode is accented with a magnificent ma...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

18’th-19th Century Swedish Period Rococo Bombé Chest of Drawers
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Large Swedish Rococo period serpentine bombè chest of three drawers. Partly from the 18th century. Painted in a light green color, faux painted marble top with molded edge. Drawers w...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

20th Century 1950's Kingwood and Mahogany Bombe Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-20th century kingwood and mahogany bombe commode chest of drawers, circa 1950. Good quality rococo inspired 3-drawer commode. Bombe shaped commode. Mahogany arranged veneers, ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Rococo Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

French Country Louis XV Style Carved "Bombe" Walnut Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Miami, FL
French country carved "Bombe" walnut chest in the Rococo style. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, distressed finish, finely carved details, working lock an...
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Early 20th Century French Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Sizzling Hot Bright Coral and Gilt Chinoiserie Bombe Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A show stopper 1940s Italian bombe style large commode in a fantastic shade of bright coral having gilded chinoiserie decoration in relief, bronze hardware and mounts including cappe...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Chinoiserie Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Antique Dutch Walnut Bombe Chest
Located in Port Chester, NY
Fabulous early Dutch bombe chest, grand in presence. This four drawer bureau is made of mellow walnut with a beautiful color and rich patina. Details of note include all original han...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • Antique Dutch Walnut Bombe Chest
  • Antique Dutch Walnut Bombe Chest
  • Antique Dutch Walnut Bombe Chest
  • Antique Dutch Walnut Bombe Chest
H 30 in. W 41 in. D 22 in.
19th Century Louis XV Style Venetian Painted Bombe Chest Of Drawers
Located in London, GB
A late 19th century Venetian painted, bombe shaped chest with beveled top. The chest features finely hand painted Venetian work with depictions of stylised Rococo 's' curves, flowers...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Antique Pine Dutch Bombe Commode Chest of Drawers Claw Foot Made in Sweden
Located in Dayton, OH
Early 20th century Dutch Bombe. Influenced by 18th century Dutch and Chippendale styling. Features a serpentine design made from pine with 3 drawers, ornate brass hardware and ball a...
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Early 20th Century Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Pine

French Burr Walnut Bronze Fittings Marble-Top Bombe Chest of Drawers, circa 1900
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning circa 1900 French burr walnut with all solid bronze fixtures and fittings bombe chest of drawers finished with a solid mar...
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Antique Early 1900s French Edwardian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Rococo Style Bombé Chest of Four Drawers with Grey, Blue, Green & Beige Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
An American Bombé style painted wood chest. This American Bombé chest from the late 20th century is ornately decorated with a shell carving on the skirt and cartouche outline around ...
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20th Century American Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

18th Century Dutch Chippendale Bombé Burl Wood Chest of Four Graduating Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
An 18th century Dutch Chippendale burl wood chest of four drawers raised on bracket feet with a bulging bottom and serpentine sides. The shaped rectangular molded top rests upon four...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Dutch Antique 19th Century Baroque Revival Bombe Chest of Drawers in Walnut
Located in Miami, FL
A Dutch Baroque Revival commode or chest of drawers in walnut and walnut root veneer with bombe front, brass pulls and key plates, resting on carved ball and claw feet, Holland, circ...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak, Walnut

1930s Italian Bombé Burl Olive Wood with Burl Walnut Marquetry Chest of Drawers
Located in London, GB
A rare 1930s Italian Baroque style bombé chest of drawers with burl olive wood and burl walnut marquetry featuring its original Art Nouveau brass handles. There are three flat brass ...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Baroque Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Dutch Baroque Revival Bombe Burlwood Chest
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1920s robust Burlwood chest with three drawers in the Rococo Revival style. Two convex and one concave front on carved, heavy lion's paw feet. The piece also features brass pul...
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Vintage 1920s Dutch Rococo Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Burl

  • Dutch Baroque Revival Bombe Burlwood Chest
  • Dutch Baroque Revival Bombe Burlwood Chest
  • Dutch Baroque Revival Bombe Burlwood Chest
  • Dutch Baroque Revival Bombe Burlwood Chest
H 30.50 in. W 37.00 in. D 17.95 in.
18th Century Swedish Bombe Chest
Located in Hudson, NY
Swedish Louis XV bombe three-drawer chest in birch marquetry with ebonized trim and bronze mounts.
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Antique 1760s Swedish Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • 18th Century Swedish Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Swedish Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Swedish Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Swedish Bombe Chest
H 32 in. W 45 in. D 21 in.
Hand Carved Walnut Italian Bombe Chest
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A diminutive hand carved walnut inlaid bombe chest with two drawers. The chest with shapely body with inlaid details and bookmatched top. The Rococo cast brass handles are original. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Hand Carved Walnut Italian Bombe Chest
  • Hand Carved Walnut Italian Bombe Chest
  • Hand Carved Walnut Italian Bombe Chest
  • Hand Carved Walnut Italian Bombe Chest
H 25 in. W 26 in. D 16.5 in.
Hand-Painted Bombe Chests with Cabinet
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of hand-painted bow front bombes chests with heavy decoration.  
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20th Century Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Hand-Painted Bombe Chests with Cabinet
  • Hand-Painted Bombe Chests with Cabinet
  • Hand-Painted Bombe Chests with Cabinet
  • Hand-Painted Bombe Chests with Cabinet
H 38 in. W 42 in. D 17 in.
Pair of Mid-20th C. Painted Wood Bombé Style Chest of Drawers w/Scalloped Skirts
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of American vintage painted wood chest of drawers. This pair of American chests from the mid-20th century feature subtle curvy bombé style cases, scalloped skirt along three s...
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Mid-20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

18th Century French Regence Bombe Rosewood Chest of Drawers with Red Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate your living with this elegant Louis XV fruitwood commode with marble top, crafted in Paris, France, circa 1750, the antique chest sits on scroll feet over a scalloped apron ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Mid-18th Century Italian Venetian Painted Bombe Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant antique commode was crafted in Venice, Italy circa 1760, standing on four curved legs over a scalloped apron, the chest has two bombe drawers across the front decorated ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Louis XVI Style Marble-Top Bombe Commode or Chest of Drawers, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Louis XVI style marble-top bombe commode or chest of drawers, 19th century. The rectangular pudding stone top over two drawers, inlaid with marquetry floral design, gilt metal mounts...
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Metal

Italian Hollywood Regency Burl Walnut Bombe Chest
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A smaller accent bombe chest in burl walnut, mid 20th century Italy, Newly French Polished. A top slender drawer over two larger drawers resting on four cabriole legs. 29 wide, 26.5 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
Located in Rochester, NY
Italian olive wood Baroque style five drawer commode, early 20th century. Please, contact us for shipping options. Presented by Joseph Dasta Antiques  
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Mid-20th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Olive

Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
Located in Rochester, NY
Italian olive wood four drawer commode, mid 20th century.
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Mid-20th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Olive

  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Commode or Chest
H 28.5 in. W 39.5 in. D 16 in.
Italian Bombe Olive Wood 3-Drawer Chest Dresser
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Outstanding version of Italian bombe 3-drawer chest in patched olive burl wood.
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20th Century Italian Rococo Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Olive

Late 19th Century Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers in Rose Pink Patina
Located in London, GB
A Late 19th century Italian Bombe commode made in the Louis XV style Painted in a warm rose pink patina, with the original bronze handles and an unusual beveled marble top veined in ...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Paint

18th Century French Louis XV Walnut Inlay Bombe Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Burgundy France circa 1750, the antique fruitwood commode stands on curved feet ending with bronze mounts over a he scalloped apron decorated with a bronze shell and leaf ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

20th Century French Louis XV Marble-Top Bombe Chest or Commode with Two Drawers
Located in Miami, FL
A fine Louis XV two-drawer commode with Breche d’Alep marble conforming top in shades of pink and grey with molded edge and notched corners, all with rosewood and tulipwood crossband...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Bronze

18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest
Located in Port Chester, NY
Fabulous early Dutch bombe chest or commode, grand in presence. This four drawer bureau is made of polished oak with a beautiful color and rich patina. Details of note include all or...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

  • 18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest
H 29 in. W 36 in. D 19 in.
Rococo Bombe Two-Drawer Chest Commode French
Located in San Francisco, CA
Exceptional cherrywood Bombe two-drawer commode chest of drawers. Serpentine shape top above two professionally fabric lined drawers with a pair of fancy scroll pulls flanking escutc...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Cherry

1950s Hand Painted French Bombe Chest or Commode
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a lovely 1950s hand painted French bombe chest. It has a nice, large scale and is in very good condition. It is unmarked.
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Mid-20th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Marble Top French Louis XV Style Bombe Chest
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A French three drawer bombe chest with parquetry inlay. The shapely front with cast bronze mounts and original rouge marble.
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

19th Century Italian Diminutive Polychromed Bombe Chest
Located in Redding, CT
19th century Italian diminutive polychrome bombe chest. Petite romantic two-drawer chest with floral application. and distressed finish. Small repair to mid section on the right side...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Paint

19th Century Dutch Rococo Walnut Bombe Chest
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This exquisite Dutch Rococo walnut chest has a shaped top over three long graduated drawers with bold cock-beading flanked by bombe form sides over a shaped apron. The case piece is ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Dutch Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

French Louis Antique Inlay and Gilt Bombe Commode Chest
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This is a beautiful reproduction piece of a French Louis style antique commode or chest of drawers (or dresser), with a bow bombe shape. Giltwork metal handles and decorations throug...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Louis XIV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Italian Mid-Century Baroque Revival Carved Beechwood Bombe Chest
Located in New York, NY
Italian Mid-Century Modern hand carved beechwood bombe chest of drawers made in Italy during the 1950s, with carved details and original elaborate hardware, in very good vintage cond...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Baroque Revival Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bronze

18th Century Dutch Oak Bombe Chest or Commode
Located in Port Chester, NY
Fabulous early Dutch bombe chest, grand in presence. This four drawer bureau is made of dark oak with a beautiful color and rich patina. Details of note include all original handles,...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Pair of Painted Bombe Italian Niccolini Marble-Top Chests
By Niccolini
Located in Stamford, CT
Fabulous pair of Niccolini Bombe Italian painted and gilt decorated commodes. Each done in the Louis XV style, wonderful bombe design, 24-karat gilt decorated. Either can be used as ...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Antique Italian Rococo Crotch Mahogany Marble Bombe Lingerie Commode Chest
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Italian bombe chest, commode or entry side table. Made of crotch mahogany with a green marble top and Rococo styling.  
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Early 20th Century Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Mid Century Italian Burl Olive Wood Inlaid Bombe Commode Chest
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid century Italian burl olive wood inlaid bombe commode chest. Large inlaid design gives it a fresh modern organic look. 2 drawers lined in paper. Measures: 33" by 17" by 29" tall. ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Olive

Contemporary Black Lacquer Bombe Commode 2-Drawer Italian Chest by Zichele
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary black lacquer bombe commode 2-drawer Italian chest by Zichele. Item features silver painted trim to top edge, nickel metal ormolu to front legs and feet, solid wood fram...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

Small French Inlaid Marquetry Bombe Chest with Fossil Limestone Top
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A stunning vintage French Bombe chest of drawers of small proportions. Beautiful Satin wood with marquetry inlay of rosewood and other exotic timbers. The top is a most gorgeous foss...
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20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Limestone

Dutch Bombé Style Painted Wood Chest, Early 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Dutch bombé front painted wood chest of drawers from the early 20th century. This antique chest from the Netherlands features a Classic Dutch style with the shapely top resting abo...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Antique French Bombé Chest or Commode with Original Marble Top
Located in Chicago, IL
Bombé chest or commode, technically means; swollen out, or bulbous shape. This is a first half of the 20th century (circa 1910-1930) Empire style chest, with intricate floral inlay o...
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Vintage 1920s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

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Bombe Chest Drawers For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of bombe chest drawers available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and stone, all bombe chest drawers available were constructed with great care. Bombe chest drawers have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Bombe chest drawers made by Louis XV designers — as well as those associated with Rococo — are very popular at 1stDibs. Bombe chest drawers have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Baker Furniture Company, John Widdicomb and Maison Jansen are consistently popular.

How Much are Bombe Chest Drawers?

Bombe chest drawers can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,281, while the lowest priced sells for $295 and the highest can go for as much as $195,000.

Finding the Right Commodes and Chests of Drawers for You

Is it a commode or a chest of drawers?

Commode is the French term for a low chest of drawers, but it is also sometimes used to denote a piece with a particularly intricate design. The commode dates to circa 1700 France, where it was used as an alternative to a taller cabinet piece so as to not obscure paneled, mirrored or tapestried walls. Coffers, or chests, which were large wooden boxes with hinged lids and sometimes stood on ball feet, preceded chests of drawers, a fashionable cabinet furnishing that garnered acclaim for its obvious storage potential and versatility.

As time passed, French and British furniture makers led the way in the production of chests of drawers, and features like the integration of bronze and ornamental pulls became commonplace. Antique French commodes in the Louis XV style were sometimes crafted in mahogany or walnut, while an Italian marble top added a sophisticated decorative flourish. This specific type of case piece grew in popularity and double chests — tallboys and highboys, which were essentially one chest on top of another — followed.

So, what makes a chest of drawers different from a common dresser? Dressers are short, and chests of drawers are overall taller pieces of furniture that typically do not have room on the top for a mirror as most dressers do. Some chests of drawers have one column of four to six long drawers or three long drawers in their bottom section that are topped by a cluster of small side-by-side drawers on the top. To further complicate things, we sometimes refer to particularly short chests of drawers as nightstands.

Even though chests of drawers are commonly thought of as bedroom furniture to store clothing, these are adaptable pieces. A chest of drawers can house important documents — think of your walnut Art Deco commode as an upgrade to your filing cabinet. Nestle your chest near your home’s front door to store coats and other outerwear, while the top can be a place to drop your handbag. Add some flair to your kitchen, where this lovable case piece can hold pots, pans and even cookbooks.

When shopping for the right chest of drawers for your home, there are a few key things to consider: What will you be storing in it? How big a chest will you need? Speaking of size, don’t dream too big. If your space is on the smaller side, a more streamlined vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers, perhaps one designed by Paul McCobb or T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, may best suit your needs.

At 1stDibs, we make it easy to add style and storage to your home. Browse our collection of antique and vintage commodes and chests of drawers today.