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French Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Southampton, NJ
Classic French Directoire style chest of drawers by White of Mebane. Features distinct recessed walnut layering with banded Zebra wood detailing to each drawer on interesting tap...
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Mid-20th Century American Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

  • French Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
  • French Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
  • French Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
  • French Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
H 29.25 in. W 32 in. D 17 in.
Régence Style French Chest of Drawers
Located in Austin, TX
French Régence style chest of drawers with original Rouge Royal marble top. We love the serpentine shape of this piece with convex and concave curves on the sides and drawers. It is ...
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Antique 1830s French Régence Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

  • Régence Style French Chest of Drawers
  • Régence Style French Chest of Drawers
  • Régence Style French Chest of Drawers
  • Régence Style French Chest of Drawers
H 33 in. W 44 in. D 21 in.
Antique French Empire Style Chest of Drawers
Located in London, GB
Antique French Empire style chest of drawers French, 19th century Measures: Height 86cm, width 127cm, depth 57cm This beautiful chest of drawers was crafted in France in the 19t...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ormolu

  • Antique French Empire Style Chest of Drawers
  • Antique French Empire Style Chest of Drawers
  • Antique French Empire Style Chest of Drawers
  • Antique French Empire Style Chest of Drawers
H 33.86 in. W 50.01 in. D 22.45 in.
Antique French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Forney, TX
An exquisite French chest of three drawers side table from the early 20th century. The uniquely designed antique finished in elegant Louis XV taste, having a shaped rectangular top f...
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Early 20th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Antique French, Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers Commode
Located in Paris, FR
Antique French, Louis XVI style chest of drawers topped with a white Carrara marble, fluted legs finished with golden bronze clogs. Three dovetailed drawers with brass details, and...
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Vintage 1910s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Carrara Marble

Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1800s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Louis XV style three-door commode with canted corners, raised on cabriole legs. The top is of a slightly darker green than the body. The inside of the drawers have been covered in an...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1800s
  • Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1800s
  • Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1800s
  • Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1800s
H 36.23 in. W 50.01 in. D 20.87 in.
Antique French Louis XV Style Bombe Chest of Drawers
By Charles Cressent
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning French Louis XV bombe marble-top chest of drawers commode from the 19th century, styled in the manner of Charles Cressent (France, 1685–1768), finished in luxurious Rocco ...
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Antique 19th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Empire Style Chest of Drawers, Possibly France, circa 1880
Located in Madrid, ES
Mahogany and gilt bronze commode. Details such as the purity of furniture lines, its clear geometric shape, the angles, the presence of the caryatids in the front and the smooth rear...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Empire Revival Commodes and Chests of...

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Bronze

French Louis XV Style Marquetry Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Forney, TX
An exquisite French bombe form chest from the early 20th century. Handcrafted in Louis XV taste, having a shaped marble top with molded edge, exceptionally executed marquetry inlaid ...
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Early 20th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ormolu

French Empire Neoclassical Style Chest of Drawers, Late 19th C
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A French Empire Neoclassical style mahogany chest of drawers with ormolu mounts, late nineteenth century. This three drawer walnut chest is raised by elegant square tapered legs b...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish and chic Louis XVI style three drawer commode with carrera marble top dates to the 1930s-1940s and was acquired from an Atlanta, Buckhead estate. The antiuqed brass acce...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

  • Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers
  • Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers
  • Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers
  • Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers
H 33 in. W 21.50 in. D 17 in.
Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers, France, 19th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Charming Louis XVI style two-drawer commode in natural waxed pine wood, with a pink travertine top. Raised on tapering and fluted legs. Carved oval medallion detail on either side. T...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

French Empire Louis XV Style Small Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Sumptuous burl wood Louis XV style two-drawer commode with beautiful Bombe front and sides as well as fancy Ormolu bronzes on the front edges, apron, drawer pulls, key holes and fee...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ormolu

Directoire Style Marble Top Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Directoire style marble-top chest with four pull-out drawers.
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Vintage 1950s French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

  • Directoire Style Marble Top Chest of Drawers
  • Directoire Style Marble Top Chest of Drawers
  • Directoire Style Marble Top Chest of Drawers
  • Directoire Style Marble Top Chest of Drawers
H 34.3 in. W 28.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Signed JP Ehalt Country French Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers
By J.P. Ehalt
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning, very fine quality, fruitwood chest of drawers, featuring superior craftsmanship, superb detailing and elegant decorative accents, this vintage French chest of drawers (be...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Pair of French Art Deco Style Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Stunning pair of French Art Deco style chest of drawers in black and gold reverse painted glass with art glass hardware and brass edge details & sabot. France, 20th century.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Brass

1920s Vintage French Louis XV Style Bombe Marquetry Chest of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful Louis XV bombe chest of drawers with satinwood inlay. Made in France in the 1920's this chest features 3 wide drawers and a stunning pink marble top. The marble is beveled ...
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

Art Moderne Style Macassar Chest of Drawers
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Art Moderne style macassar chest of drawers with bronze drawer pulls, 21st century.
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Dra...

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Bronze

  • Art Moderne Style Macassar Chest of Drawers
  • Art Moderne Style Macassar Chest of Drawers
  • Art Moderne Style Macassar Chest of Drawers
  • Art Moderne Style Macassar Chest of Drawers
H 32.25 in. W 43.5 in. D 16.25 in.
Castleworthy French Chest of Drawers in antique Louis XVI Style Baroque inlay
Located in Berlin, DE
Rosewood and shaded precious wood, veneered. In the front two drawers, in the front and on the side walls broadly framed fillings with richly inlaid blooms of different noble wood, l...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Luxurious Nancy Corzine Solid Mahogany French Style Chest of Drawers Commode
By Nancy Corzine
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A superbly made solid mahogany commode in the French style having 4 roomy drawers, antiqued brass hardware, elegant carved wood decoration including scalloped swag at the bottom and ...
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1990s American French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Antique French, Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers Commode Buffet Marquetry Bronze
Located in Miami, FL
Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted commode 19th century marble top of breakfront form having three drawers with working key. The bronze mounts depict leaf and berry design. The side...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Romantic Pair of French Style Gray & White Painted Chests of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very decorative pair of chinoiserie inspired commodes having deep clean drawers and natural wood tops. The background color of the chests can be described as antique white while the ...
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Vintage 1980s North American Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fruitwood

French Empire Style Walnut Commode Chest of Drawers, circa 1920
Located in Labrit, Landes
French commode chest of drawers early 19th century Empire style Four large drawers, on the first one an elegant brass swan acts as a drawer knob. On the locks bouquets of flowers a...
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Antique 1820s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Louis XVI Style French Walnut Briarwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Sober...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

20th Century French Louis XV Style Inlay Wood Chest of Drawers
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Louis XV style furniture, 1930s. The fine rosewood inlaid wood. Refined and rich inlay work of floral taste on each side of the piece of furniture. Particular rounded shape. On the f...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

French Country Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Commode Bachelor Chest of Drawers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Country carved walnut bachelor chest. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, distressed finish, finely carved details, working lock and key, two dovetail...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

French Empire-Style Commode / Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Houston, TX
This is a handsome chest of drawers having four drawers that Draw easily. A column flanks each side and is accented with Original bronze dore mounts. The drawers are dove tailed an...
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Early 20th Century French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Louis XVIII Style Restoration French Walnut Chest Of Drawers With Marble Top
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Ches...
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Antique 1850s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Antique Louis XV Style Painted French Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a wonderful antique French commode with a parcel paint finish from Provence, dating to the end of the 1800s. It has a rectangular conforming marble top and a restrained shape...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Tall Louis Philippe Style Mahogany Chest of Drawers
Located in Asheville, NC
Monumental carved mahogany and flame mahogany veneer chest of drawers, bookmatched veneer on the curved drawer fronts, carved sunflower motifs flank the broken pediment top and casca...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

1940s French Regency Style Faux Bamboo Inspired Maple Chest of Drawers
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is one piece of an amazing set that I am about to list. There will be special pricing if you want all of the pieces. This is a 1940s French style faux bamboo inspired chest. It ...
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Mid-20th Century American Aesthetic Movement Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Castleworthy French Chest of Drawers in antique Louis XVI Style Baroque inlay
Located in Berlin, DE
Shaded precious wood, veneered. In the front two drawers, in the front and on the side walls broadly framed fillings with richly inlaid blooms of different noble wood, limited by so-...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

High Quality French Chest of Drawers in antique Louis Quinze Style Marble Top
Located in Berlin, DE
Parquet from kingwood on solid softwood. With two forward-looking, imposing Espagnolettes in the style of Charles Cressent. In the front two drawers, in the front and on the side wal...
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20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

20th Century Inlaid Wood Louis XVI Style French Chest of Drawers, 1950
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Small French chest of drawers from the 20th century. Inlaid furniture in Louis XVI style in walnut, mahogany, maple and fruitwood. Chest of drawers equipped with three large front dr...
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Vintage 1950s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Vintage French Louis XV Style Bombe Commode Chest of Drawers Cherub Figures
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage French Louis XV style bombe commode chest of drawers with cherub figures. Item features bronze ormolu, shapely bombe form, cherub figures to sides, beautiful wood grain, no k...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Baker French Country Provincial Style Carved Oak Wood Chest of Drawers
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Baker French country Provincial style carved oakwood chest of drawers. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved legs, original label, 3 dovetailed d...
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Mid-20th Century American Country Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Elegant Chartreuse Bombay Style Commode/ Chest of Drawers
By Grange
Located in East Hampton, NY
Whimsical Bombay style 4 drawer chest commode in an amazing chartreuse lacquer. Ample storage and stylish cabriolet design legs and overall curvy shape.
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Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

European-Style Walnut and Ebonized Chest of Drawers
Located in Westwood, NJ
European-style walnut and ebonized chest of drawers, crafted in walnut with a finely figured top. This chest has three shaped drawers with an ebonized front. Each drawer has lovely c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Asian French Provincial Commodes and Chest...

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Wood

20th Century Directoire-Style Chest of Seven Drawers with Bronze Pulls, France
Located in Miami, FL
Seven-drawered French chest of drawers or Semainiere, dresser. The chest shows fluted three-quarter columns on the corners and a beautiful walnut.
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Early 20th Century French Georgian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

French Charles X-Style Chest or Commode with Four Drawers, Walnut, 19th Century
Located in Houston, TX
Handsome chest of drawers having white marble top with pale gray Veining. Four drawers that slide easily make this a beautiful and very Useful piece.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Charles X Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Louis XV Style Iroko Commode Chest of Drawers, Mid-Century
Located in Labrit, Landes
Commode in the Louis XV style, French chest of drawers, circa 1950 Iroko wood Good condition Measures: Shipping L 105/P 45/H 82 cm 51 kg.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Pair of French Regence Style Ormolu-Mounted Ebonized Chest of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
A pair of French Regence style, ormolu-mounted, ebonized chest of drawers. Each chest features a newly made, rectangular white marble top with subtle grey veining. With eight drawers...
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Vintage 1920s French Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

1940s French Regency Style Faux Bamboo Inspired Tall Maple Chest of Drawers
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is part of a larger set! It is a French Regency style faux bamboo inspired chest with wonderful brass details. It has quite a bit of storage. It is an American piece and in very...
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

French Louis XV Style Carved Oak Serpentine Commodes / Chest of Drawers, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a lovely pair of French Louis XV carved oak serpentine commodes. They have elegant brass hardware and are in very good condition. I believe them to most likely date to the 50...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Cassard Country French Provincial Louis XV Style Commode Fruitwood Chest Drawers
By Cassard Romano Co.
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Three-drawer Country French commode by Cassard Romano. Item features solid wood construction, three dovetailed drawers, cabriole legs, solid brass hardware, carved sides, shaped top,...
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Mid-20th Century French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fruitwood

Neo Directoire Style Fruitwood Chest of Drawers
Located in Buchanan, NY
French 1940s chest of drawers in light colored fruitwood with contrasting darker wood inlays. Bronze hardware and sabots. Very good condition, recently polished. Dimensions: 31"H ...
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Vintage 1940s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fruitwood

Empire Style Antique French Chest
Located in Austin, TX
Empire style antique French chest of drawers made of mahogany and finished with lustrous French polish. The detached columns are ebonized and feature finely cast gilt bronze hardware...
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Antique 1890s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

  • Empire Style Antique French Chest
  • Empire Style Antique French Chest
  • Empire Style Antique French Chest
  • Empire Style Antique French Chest
H 37 in. W 47.375 in. D 24.5 in.
Fancy Modern Designer Chest of Drawers in Baroque Style
Located in Berlin, DE
Fancy modern designer chest of drawers in Baroque style 2-drawer bodies, solid wood body. Fogged all-over with different colored sky leather patterns. Bronze sabot feet. An extrem...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Late 19th Century French Louis XV Style Marquetry and Marble Chest of Drawers
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful French Louis XV style walnut marquetry from the late 19th century and marble chest of drawers from the 1890s. Marble top, beautiful marquetry on the drawers and on all si...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers Late-XIX Century Rosewood Red French Marble
Located in Prato, IT
France, second half of the 19th century Veneered in bois de rose, rosewood, mahogany, maple Red of France marble top Dimensions: L 104 x D 39.5 x H 89 cm Good conditions.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

19th Century French Louis XV Style Marquetry and Ormolu Bombe Chest of Drawers
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A very fine example of French 19th century Louis XV style Bombe two drawer chest commode. The oak carcass is veneered in kingwood and amaranth and inlaid with floral designs on the f...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Kingwood, Oak

20th century French Louis XV Style Marquetry and Marble Chest of drawers
Located in LEGNY, FR
Beautiful 20th century French Louis XV style walnut marquetry and marble chest of drawers from the 1950s. Removable marble top, nice roses marquetry on the drawers. Gilded bronze h...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

French Chest of Drawers/Commode 19th Century Polychromed, Louis XV Style
Located in Houston, TX
Handsome and beautiful chest that is polychromed in French gray-green hue. Faux Painted in artful distressed manner. Louis XV style, the three drawers are raised on Cabriole curled...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Hardwood

French Louis XV Style Kingwood Chest
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style (19th Century) kingwood and inlaid veneer small chest with 3 drawers and gilt bronze trim with a white marble top with a brass gallery.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

  • French Louis XV Style Kingwood Chest
  • French Louis XV Style Kingwood Chest
  • French Louis XV Style Kingwood Chest
  • French Louis XV Style Kingwood Chest
H 30 in. W 23.5 in. D 13.25 in.
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

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode, Chest of Drawers or Dresser, Signed
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant and perfectly sized 19th century French Louis XVI style commode or dresser. This mahogany two-drawer commode has gilt bronze hardware and mounts, inlaid on all sides, and a b...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

French Louis XVI Directoire Style Chest of Drawers For Dorothy Rosen
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Dorothy Rosen Directoire style chest of drawers. Walnut frame with brass hardware.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Early 20th Century Mahogany Directoire Style Chest of Drawers
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
French commode in the Directoire style. Circa 1st half of the 20th century. Three-bay mahogany veneered corpus with slightly overhanging top plate, sloping pilasters and brass profi...
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20th Century French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Antique French Neoclassical Style Commode or Chest
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning 19th century French neoclassical walnut commode or chest of drawers with three small drawers above three larger drawers with faux marble top resting on paw feet. This versat...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Pair of French Style Nightstands Chests
Located in New York, NY
White painted pair of French style nightstands or chests. The nightstands have the original brass handles with a white lacquered finish. Would make a nice compliment to a French or H...
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Vintage 1950s Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

  • Pair of French Style Nightstands Chests
  • Pair of French Style Nightstands Chests
  • Pair of French Style Nightstands Chests
  • Pair of French Style Nightstands Chests
H 26 in. W 23.5 in. D 17 in.
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French Style Chest Drawers For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of French style chest drawers available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and stone, all French style chest drawers available were constructed with great care. We have 2482 antique and vintage French style chest drawers in-stock, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. French style 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. French style chest drawers bearing Louis XVI or Louis XV hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Many French style chest drawers are appealing in their simplicity, but Maison Jansen, Baker Furniture Company and John Widdicomb produced popular French style chest drawers that are worth a look.

How Much are French Style Chest Drawers?

Prices for French style chest drawers can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, French style chest drawers begin at $311 and can go as high as $845,000, while the average can fetch as much as $4,498.

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.

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