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19th Century English Mahogany Commode or Tall Chest of Drawers, 1850s
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique English chest of drawers 1850s in mahogany wood. Very linear and essential with four comfortable drawers. On the front drawers with a particular rounded shape. Above the draw...
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Antique 1850s English Dressers

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Mahogany

English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Buchanan, NY
English mahogany chest of drawers with ball feet and original hardware. The top of the piece has a cracked which can be repaired. Sold as is.
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Early 20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Oak

  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 41.5 in. W 43.75 in. D 20.75 in.
English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Woodbury, CT
English, mahogany five-drawer chest with rosewood crossbanded top. Beaded drawers have inset olivewood stringing and oval brass hardware featuring the Prince of Wales triple plume an...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 41.25 in. W 42.5 in. D 20 in.
Bowed English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Bowed English mahogany chest of drawers. Two drawers at top and three below, all with curved bail drawer pulls.
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20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • Bowed English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Bowed English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Bowed English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Bowed English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 40 in. W 48 in. D 17.5 in.
Custom, English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Woodbury, CT
This Classic five-drawer chest has all the proper elements one seeks in such a piece. From the beaded drawers to the shaped bracket feet and including the brass bail hardware, it tic...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Georgian Commodes and Chests of Dr...

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Mahogany

  • Custom, English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Custom, English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Custom, English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Custom, English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 41.75 in. W 43 in. D 22 in.
Large Antique English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Port Chester, NY
A large chest of drawers in rich mahogany, with very deep drawers and stylish glossy knobs. Ball feet. The exterior of this piece has been refinished for a clean look. The brass keyh...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
18th century English mahogany chest of drawers. In excellent original condition with original handles and nice untouched, dry colour. Having four graduating drawers and standing on s...
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Antique 18th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 35.44 in. W 38.19 in. D 19.69 in.
18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
18th century English mahogany chest of drawers. Good original condition, excellent quality, colour and patination. Original handles and locks. Having two drawers at the top and three...
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Antique 18th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 39.77 in. W 42.13 in. D 20.08 in.
18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
18th century English mahogany chest of drawers with a great shape and oversized ogee feet on all four corners. A lovely size chest with an exceptional, original colour. Having fou...
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Antique 18th Century British Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 32.29 in. W 33.67 in. D 19.89 in.
19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century English mahogany chest of drawers provides a tailored architecture and copious storage that will be a welcome addition to any room! Handcrafted from exotic imported maho...
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Antique 1880s English Edwardian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

  • 19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • 19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 42.5 in. W 42.5 in. D 21.5 in.
Early 20th C English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1920s English chest of three drawers with brass hardware. Dovetail construction, contrasting inlay details on drawer fronts, sides and top of chest. Unknown maker.
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Early 20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

  • Early 20th C English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Early 20th C English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Early 20th C English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Early 20th C English Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 37.25 in. W 34.5 in. D 17.25 in.
19th Century English Mahogany Chest of Drawers with Inlay Decorations
Located in Malaga, ES
19th century English mahogany chest of drawers with wood inlay decorations.
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Antique 1890s Spanish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Late Victorian English Mahogany Chest of Drawers, Late 19th Century
Located in Nijmegen, NL
Very nice solid mahogany chest of drawers made circa late 19th century in England. It features 4 drawers with original locks (no keys). It remains in a good antique condition with a ...
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Antique Late 19th Century British Late Victorian Commodes and Chests of ...

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Mahogany

Antique George III English Mahogany Chest of Drawers Dresser Brass Lion Pulls
Located in Dayton, OH
Circa 1850s English mahogany rectangular form "Two over Three" chest of drawers. A remarkable design with banding, quarter cut reeded columns over inlay and brass lion head pulls. Th...
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Antique 1850s George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Mahogany Chest of Drawers from the Beginning of the 19th Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Elegant English chest of drawers from the beginning of the 19th century in mahogany The chest of drawers stands out by its beautiful quality, the beautiful flame in the drawers an...
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Antique 19th Century British William IV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Chest of Drawers Edwardian Mahogany
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive Edwardian mahogany chest of drawers. Constructed from solid mahogany boasting a well figured grain and rich polished patina. Fitted two short and one long graduat...
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Early 20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • English Chest of Drawers Edwardian Mahogany
  • English Chest of Drawers Edwardian Mahogany
  • English Chest of Drawers Edwardian Mahogany
  • English Chest of Drawers Edwardian Mahogany
H 28.43 in. W 42.13 in. D 17.88 in.
English Small Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
Located in Austin, TX
A fine English small chest of mahogany, featuring a moulded top over a frieze of four drawers with brass pulls, each drawer with brass escutcheon, and set upon a serpentine apron wit...
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Early 20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal, Brass

  • English Small Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
  • English Small Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
  • English Small Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
  • English Small Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
H 29 in. W 27.5 in. D 11.25 in.
English Mahogany Three-Drawer Chest of Drawers
Located in Woodbury, CT
Custom made for us by English cabinet makers, this Classic little three-drawer chest in flame mahogany has chamfered corners and rests on bracket feet. The top and drawer fronts are ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Mahogany

English Georgian Inlaid Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
English Georgian mahogany chest of drawers, the top and drawer fronts with inlay and banding in exotic woods. Four graduated drawers with brass swan neck pulls, and with brushing sli...
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Antique Early 1800s English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Antique English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers
By Antiques MC
Located in STOKE ON TRENT, GB
Georgian chest of drawers A late Georgian chest of drawers with wonderful character and patina. Rectangular top over brushing slide and two short and three long graduated draw...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Early Victorian Commodes and Chests o...

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Mahogany

  • Antique English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Antique English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Antique English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • Antique English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 37.8 in. W 37.01 in. D 20.08 in.
English Tall Chest or High Chest of Drawers of Mahogany
Located in Austin, TX
A fine English tall chest or high chest of mahogany, featuring a moulded rectangular top with reed edge, over an inlaid frieze of two beaded short drawers over four beaded long drawe...
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Early 20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal, Brass

English Chest of Drawers Arts & Crafts Country Mahogany
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive 19th century mahogany chest of drawers in the Arts & Crafts manner. The mahogany boasting an impressive well figured grain and rich patina. Fitted two short and t...
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Chest on Chest of Drawers 19th Century Inlaid Mahogany
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive 19th century inlaid mahogany chest on chest of drawers. The mahogany boasting a well figured wild grain and rich patina. The cornice and satinwood banded frieze above...
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Georgian Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Four Graduated Drawers
Located in Wells, ME
English Georgian Chippendale mahogany small chest of four graduated drawers with bracket base and molded edge top. The drawers have been leveled so they go in and out easily; drawer ...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century English Regency Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality Regency mahogany chest of drawers, having four graduated drawers, each with brass handles. The chest is raised on nicely splayed feet and is in very good c...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Mahogany Tall Chest of Drawers, 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
18th Century English Mahogany Tall Chest of Drawers having a dentil molded cornice above a rectangular top two small drawers over six drawers with brass pulls and escutcheons, raised...
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Antique 18th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Small English Antique Mahogany Chest of Drawers, Kingwood Banding
Located in Port Chester, NY
A diminutive chest of drawers with a grand personality! Rich mahogany with kingwood banding around the drawers and top. Small reeded detail along the edge of the top. Stylized flare...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Kingwood, Mahogany

19th Century English Bleached Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Dallas, TX
Very nice 19th century English chest of drawers. The chest is made of bleached mahogany. A simple, but Classic piece!
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Antique Late 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Chippendale Mahogany Graduated Chest of Drawers, Circa 1770
Located in Charleston, SC
English Chippendale mahogany graduated five drawer chest with a carved upper molded edge, original brass pulls & escutcheons, terminating on the original bracket feet, Late 18th Cen...
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Antique 1770s English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

English 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This fine English chest of drawers has a lot of wonderful qualities to offer! All original drawers pulls and escutcheon plates are in working condition, the mahogany wood has great p...
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Antique 19th Century Great Britain (UK) Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • English 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers
  • English 19th Century Mahogany Chest of Drawers
H 35.75 in. W 35 in. D 17.5 in.
English Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers, Circa 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
English Chippendale mahogany graduated five drawer chest with original brasses and terminating on bracket feet. Early 19th Century.
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Antique 19th Century British Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Antique Bachelor's Chest of Drawers, English, Flame Mahogany, Georgian, C.1780
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique bachelor's chest of drawers. An English, flame mahogany gentleman's cabinet, dating to the Georgian period, circa 1780. Striking antique chest of drawers with a...
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Antique 18th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century Bleached English Mahogany Bowfront Chest of Drawers
Located in Charleston, SC
Great color on this 19th century bleached English mahogany bowfront chest of drawers. 2 drawers over 3, resting on bracket feet.
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Georgian Bowfront Chest of Drawers George IV Flamed Mahogany
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
A fine quality George IV period bowfront chest of drawers. The Cuban mahogany boasting a well figured flamed grain. Fitted four long graduated drawers flanked by roundel capped upr...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Georgian Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers with Dressing Slide
Located in Wells, ME
English Georgian Chippendale period 18th century mahogany chest of four graduated drawers with pull out dressing slide. This small (34 inch wide) chest is also quite shallow, and eas...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Mahogany

Compact Antique Chest of Drawers, English, Mahogany, Bedside Stand, Georgian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a superb, compact antique chest of drawers. An English, mahogany bedside stand, dating to the Georgian period, circa 1780. An abundance of Georgian appeal with striking ma...
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Antique Late 18th Century British Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

18th Century Georgian English Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
An 18th century George III period mahogany serpentine chest Having well figured and cross banded top above four long Drawers with original brass handles flanked by fluted canted C...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English Hepplewhite Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Antique English 19th Century Chest of Drawers in Mahogany
Located in Lejre, DK
Chest of drawers in mahogany, made in England, 1850s.
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Antique 1850s English Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Georgian Chippendale Period Serpentine Mahogany Chest of Four Drawers
Located in Wells, ME
English Georgian Chippendale period mahogany serpentine chest of four graduated molded edge drawers, bracket base. Small size and stylish height makes this serpentine chest particula...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Mahogany

20th Century English Semicircular Wall Chest of Drawers, Mahogany
Located in Berlin, DE
20th century English semicircular wall chest of drawers, mahogany Semi-circular chest of drawers with solid wood roller doors. Long square legs ending in brass sabots. A delightf...
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20th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

English Georgian Mahogany Chest of Drawers by Papworth Industries, Refinished
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Georgian five-drawer dresser chest By Papworth Industries England, 1973 Flame mahogany, with inlaid satinwood banding and original brass hardware. Measures...
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Vintage 1970s English Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Early 19th Century English Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Early 19th century English mahogany serpentine chest of drawers. Original brass hardware.
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Neoclassical English Regency Inlaid Mahogany Chest of Drawers, circa 1810
Located in Kinderhook, NY
An elegant neoclassical early English Regency period inlaid mahogany chest of drawers in the manner of John Soane of bow front form with ebonized string-inlay top edge surmounting 'S...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Antique English Inlaid Book-Matched Flame Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Charleston, SC
Superb antique English inlaid book-matched flame mahogany chest of drawers of handsome, smaller proportions and beautifully graduated drawers. Please note lovely tulipwood inlay a...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George IV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Tulipwood

English Antique Georgian Chest on Chest of Drawers 18th Century Inlaid Mahogany
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An impressive late 18th century George III inlaid mahogany chest on chest of drawers. The mahogany boasting a well figured wild grain and rich patina. The cornice and satinwood bande...
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Antique 18th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English Mahogany Campaign Chest of Drawers with Writing Surface
Located in New York, NY
A good English campaign mahogany and brass-mounted chest of drawers with a pull-out writing surface, circa 1870s, in two parts, of Classic rectangular form with typical brass corners...
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Antique 1870s English Campaign Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

English Hepplewhite Mahogany Diminutive Inlaid Chest of Drawers, Circa 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
English Hepplewhite mahogany diminutive chest with three drawers, original oval brasses, cross banding, satinwood string inlay, and terminating on carved scalloped skirt with the ori...
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Antique 1780s English Hepplewhite Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

English Antique Georgian Bowfront Chest of Drawers Carved Inlaid Mahogany George
Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, GB
An attractive George IV inlaid mahogany bowfront chest of drawers. Excellent inlay and banding work throughout. The banded bowfront top above three short and three long bowfront draw...
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English George III Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers Carved Blind Fretwork
Located in Wells, ME
English Georgian small Chippendale mahogany chest of four graduated drawers, corner columns with carved blind fretwork ending in a lambs tongue detail. The top is crossbanded in maho...
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Antique Late 18th Century English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Mahogany

18th Century Mahogany Georgian Chest of Drawers Antique English Dresser
Located in Dayton, OH
18th century mahogany Georgian chest of drawers antique English dresser Made from mahogany with four drawers, featuring brass hardware over bracket feet.
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Antique 18th Century Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

18th Century English George III Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, having an arrangement of four graduated drawers, the top of which has a fully fitted interior consisting o...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

19th Century English Antique Mahogany and Inlaid Chest of Drawers
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is an antique mahogany inlaid chest of drawers, having an inlaid and cross banded top above an arrangement of five graduated drawers. The chest remains in good condition for...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Antique Bow Front Chest of Drawers, English, Mahogany, Tallboy, Victorian, 1870
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique bow front chest of drawers. An English, mahogany tallboy, dating to the Victorian period, circa 1870. An eye-catching Victorian piece Displays a desirable aged...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

18th Century English George III Mahogany Campaign Chest of Drawers
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III Campaign chest, having brass corners and original iron handles to each end of each section, with an arrangement of five drawers, each with origi...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

English George II Chippendale Style Mahogany and Amboyna Chest of Drawers
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in Kinderhook, NY
Beautiful circa 1930 English bench made solid mahogany serpentine front chest of four drawers after a design by Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) of circa 1755; the top with burled ambo...
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Early 20th Century English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Antique English Inlaid Figured Mahogany Campaign/Military Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Charleston, SC
Rare and fine antique English rosewood cross-banded (Inlaid) and brass bound figured mahogany campaign or military style chest of drawers Please note mahogany drawer linings and h...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Rosewood

19th Century English Mahogany Bachelor's Chest, Four Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century English mahogany bachelor's chest, four drawers.
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Antique 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Wood

Miniature English George III Antique Mahogany Document Box Chest of Drawers
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An austere and rather interesting George III tabletop document box, the purity of structure, early oxidized surface and total lack of embellishment are most magnetic features. The op...
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Antique Late 18th Century British George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Pine

English Mahogany Chest on Chest
Located in Wilson, NC
This 18th century chest retains its original hardware, ogee feet, and crown moldings. The upper section has fluted chamfered corners that terminate in lamb's tongues at the base. The...
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Antique 1770s English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

  • English Mahogany Chest on Chest
  • English Mahogany Chest on Chest
  • English Mahogany Chest on Chest
  • English Mahogany Chest on Chest
H 74 in. W 27 in. D 25 in.
18th Century English George III Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers. The chest has an arrangement of five drawers, two short at the top, over three long graduated drawers belo...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

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English Mahogany Chest Of Drawers For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of English mahogany chest of drawers is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct English mahogany chest of drawers — often made from wood, mahogany and metal — can elevate any home. We have 588 antique and vintage English mahogany chest of drawers in-stock, while there are 6 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of English mahogany chest of drawers available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. English mahogany chest of drawers bearing Georgian or Regency hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made English mahogany chest of drawers over the years, but those made by Baker Furniture Company, Bevan Funnell Ltd. and Gillows of Lancaster & London are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are English Mahogany Chest Of Drawers?

English mahogany chest of drawers can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $3,997, while the lowest priced sells for $365 and the highest can go for as much as $165,000.

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.