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Painted Italian Commode with Faux Marble Top
Located in Washington, DC
A painted Italian commode with faux marble top.  
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Antique 19th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Paint, Wood

Pair of Hollywood Regency Mint Green Marble-Top Faux Linen Look Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Jansen inspired Hollywood Regency style mint green marble-top faux linen look painted three-drawer commodes or nightstands with Greek key doré bronze mounts and bronze draw...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Magnificent 19th Century Marble-Top Bombe Commode from France
Located in 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

Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Meyrin, CH
Faux bamboo trimmed marble-top chest of drawers, the marble is restored.
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Antique Late 19th Century European Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
H 39.38 in. W 20.48 in. D 50.79 in.
Grey Painted Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A classic American five-drawer custom painted chest with five drawers with marble top. The chest of drawers or dresser, painted in a Swedish Gustavian grey has two top drawers and 3 ...
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Early 20th Century American Country Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Grey Painted Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Grey Painted Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Grey Painted Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • Grey Painted Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
H 34.5 in. W 46 in. D 21.75 in.
Burr Elm and Ormolu Marble Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Troy, MI
This circa 1930s French three drawer Bombay style chest is made of burr elm with decorative ormolu escutcheons, drawer handles and ornamental mounts and topped with rose and white ma...
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Vintage 1930s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Ormolu

18th Century Louis XVI Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Poole, GB
Handsome Louis XVI fruitwood and ebonized commode chest of drawers with original marble top and handles, with mirrored side panels and ebonized mouldings sympathetically restored by ...
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Antique 1780s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • 18th Century Louis XVI Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
  • 18th Century Louis XVI Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
H 33.86 in. W 45.87 in. D 22.64 in.
1960s Louis VXI Influenced Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality 1960s ormolu, mahogany and marble top commode. Single drawer below the top, with a drop down front that conceals 2 fitted drawers. Beautifully applied ormolu and bras...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Maison Jansen Ebonized French Directoire Style Marble-Top Chest of Drawers
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
An alluring French Directoire style chest of drawers, circa 1930, a beveled white and rouge veined marble top a conforming ebonized case enclosed with four drawers, each decorated wi...
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Vintage 1930s Argentine Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

French Walnut Serpentine Ormolu & Marble Top Chest of Drawers , Circa 1760
Located in Charleston, SC
French Walnut serpentine graduated chest of drawers with exquisite decorative inlays, original ormolu mounts , original greenish white vane marble top, and terminating on french spl...
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Antique 1760s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

English Faux Bamboo Trimmed Marble-Top Chest of Drawers with Diamond Motif
Located in Atlanta, GA
English marble top chest of drawers with faux bamboo trim. This 19th century English chest of drawers, surrounded by faux bamboo trim and posts ending on bobbin-turned feet at the f...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Antique French Louis XV Style Parquetry Mahogany Marble Top Chest of Drawers
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Louis XV style mahogany chest of drawers or commode. The chest features gorgeous mahogany wood grain, with inlaid parquetry and bronze mounted ormolu. The fuch...
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Vintage 1920s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Antique Italian Walnut, Brass and Marble-Top Chest of Drawers Commode Credenza
By Guglielmo Ulrich, Ico & Luisa Parisi, Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa, Vittorio Dassi
Located in Carimate, Como
Very elegant Italian Art Deco Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers, commode cabinet, in beautiful veneer walnut wood, two side doors, 4 drawers and decorated handles with black marble...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

3 Drawer Marble Top Victorian Chest of Drawers
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A fine antique Victorian 3 drawer marble top chest. This commode or dresser is hand crafted in burl walnut with dovetail drawers. The teardrop pulls are especially handsome giving th...
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Antique 19th Century American Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Rococo Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Chorzów, PL
Elegant chest of drawers, Rococo style belly, finished with politron after renovation. Wood: rosewood, Year: circa 1920 Origin: Northern Europe, Dimensions: height 82 cm,...
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Mid-20th Century French Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • Rococo Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • Rococo Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • Rococo Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • Rococo Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
H 32.29 in. W 38.59 in. D 20.48 in.
Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique chest of drawers with a marble top from the beginning of the 20th century. Year: circa 1920 Origin: Northern Eruopa Dimensions: height 66 cm / width 56 cm / depth 35.5 cm.
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Vintage 1930s European Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
H 42.52 in. W 64.18 in. D 24.02 in.
Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique chest of drawers with a marble top from the beginning of the 20th century. Year: circa 1920 Origin: Northern Eruopa Dimensions: height 66 cm / width 56 cm / depth 35.5 cm.
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Vintage 1920s European Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
  • Chest of Drawers with a Marble Top
H 25.99 in. W 22.05 in. D 14.18 in.
Late 19th Century Pair of Swedish Faux Marble-Top Chests of Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Late 19th century pair of Swedish faux Marble-Top chest of drawers. The chests of drawers has been made to accentuate the natural grain of the wood. Each wood grain chest has four dr...
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Edwardian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Neoclassical Marble Top Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Stately mahogany neoclassical style commode or chest of drawers featuring a polished black marble top. The mahogany case is fronted by three legs drawers with satinwood thread inlay ...
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20th Century English Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

Rare 19th Century Walnut Marble Top Chest of Drawers Commode Thomas Chippendale
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning and exceptionally rare serpentine fronted 19th century walnut chest of drawers commode with marble after Thomas Chippendale A very...
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Antique 19th Century English Chippendale Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

19th century English incised Marble Top Chest of Drawers with Faux Bamboo Trim
Located in Atlanta, GA
This 19th century English chest of drawers is adorned with a faux bamboo trim on both front and sides as well as the posts ending on unusual bobbin-turned feet at the front. The rect...
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Antique Late 19th Century English British Colonial Commodes and Chests o...

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Marble

French Beechwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Stamford, CT
19th century French beechwood chest with two short and three long drawers, circa 1880s. The piece also features bronze hardware and marble top. The chest was bleached and marble top ...
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Antique 1880s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

  • French Beechwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • French Beechwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • French Beechwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
  • French Beechwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
H 34.00 in. W 48.00 in. D 23.00 in.
Antique Chest of Drawers with Verona Marble Top
Located in Miami, FL
Late 19th century Italian Bombe dresser. Verona red marble-top. Louis XV style. With bronze mounts.
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Antique 1890s Italian Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

Louis XVI 19th Century Marble-Top Chest of Drawers or Commode, Mahogany
Located in Houston, TX
Finely made marble top French cabinet with white marble top. Bronze doré accents and bead work, bronze mounts to the Upper sides. The drawers work well and it has a key hat works. ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

French Charles X Inlaid Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in New York, NY
French Charles X chest composed of bird's eye maple with five marquetry inlaid drawers supporting a white marble top.
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Antique 19th Century French Charles X Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Pair George Nelson chest of drawers with marble top
By George Nelson
Located in Maastricht, NL
Pair of chest of drawers by George Nelson for Herman Miller with white ceramic pulls, hairpin legs and marble top. Dimenions small chest: 76.5 x 61 x 47 (hxwxd in cm) Dimensions ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

  • Pair George Nelson chest of drawers with marble top
  • Pair George Nelson chest of drawers with marble top
  • Pair George Nelson chest of drawers with marble top
  • Pair George Nelson chest of drawers with marble top
H 30.12 in. W 56.3 in. D 18.51 in.
Joyce Chest of Drawers, Made of Ashwood, Brass and Marble Top
By Morelato
Located in Salizzole, IT
Joyce chest of drawers, designed by Libero Rutilo, is a contemporary beautiful piece of furniture made of ashwood, with 3 drawers and brass handles to open the two side sliding shutt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

Handsome French Empire Marble-Top Burled Walnut Chest of Drawers
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Gorgeous French Empire period commode having five drawers - top drawer with compartments, 3 large drawers for storage, and bottom secret drawer! Key opens drawers. Top is black and ...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Louis XVI Walnut Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in North York, ON
A handsome chest of drawers made of walnut wood in the Louis XVI style, circa 1900s. The commode features three drawers with trim in brass, classic laurel wreath brass handles and ke...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

American Federal Mahogany Chest of Drawers with Black Marble Top
Located in New York, NY
American Federal mahogany veneer mid-19th century chest of drawers with five drawers and brass escutcheons supported on a base with front bun feet with a black marble top.
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Federal Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

French Provincial Antique Walnut Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Shippensburg, PA
French provincial carved walnut Breche d'Alep top commode, circa early 20th century with excellent original cast brass pulls Item # 007YZQ30K A most attractive shaped commode w...
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20th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

French Mahogany Marble Top Ormolu Chest of Drawers. Circa 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
French mahogany marble top chest with graduated book matched drawers, original gilt floral ormolu mounts, and terminating on rounded block feet. Early 19th Century
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Antique 1810s French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century Neoclassical Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wonderful French 19th century 3-drawer chest. Neoclassical Empire Revival with forest green marble top.  
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Antique Mid-19th Century Italian Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

Jumbo Collection Toulouse Chest of Drawers in Wood and Marble Top
By Jumbo Collection
Located in Cantu, IT
Chest of drawers with the structure in curved multilayer maple wood. Top in lightened white marble. Brass profiles. Details in antique gold with patina JG294. Decorative statues. Dim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Jumbo Collection Portland Chest of 6 Drawers in Wood and Marble Top
By Jumbo Collection
Located in Cantu, IT
Jumbo Collection Portland chest of 6 drawers in wood and marble top. Materials: Chest of 6 drawers with multi layer wood panels and solid wood shaped elements. Decorative figures ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Midcentury Swedish Pair of Chest of Drawers and Marble Top, Gustavian Style
Located in London, GB
A pair of early 20th century Swedish marquetry chest of drawers or bedside tables with their original marble tops, gilt mounts and escutcheons. The chests of drawers are made of many...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Theodore Alexander Flame Mahogany Marble-Top Commode Dresser Chest of Drawers
Located in West Hartford, CT
Theodore Alexander three-drawer chest with marble top and gold pulls. Available as a pair to use as nightstands as well.
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2010s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Lovely Neoclassical Cuban Mahogany Marble Topped Side Tables Chest of Drawers
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning neoclassical Cuban mahogany side table with marble top, circa 1860 A very good looking and well made piece. The timber is Cuban ma...
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Antique 1860s English Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Antique Black Painted Victorian Commode/ Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Wichita, KS
Antique black painted Victorian commode/ chest of drawers with marble top. The piece has been painted with semi gloss paint and new brass hardware added to freshen this adorable chest!
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Early 20th Century American Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Carrara Marble, Brass

19th Century Neoclassical Antique Marble Top Commode Chest of Drawers
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Neoclassical cube-parquetry inlaid three-drawer commode Continental, circa late 19th century Item # 007GUO30P An absolutely gorgeous three-drawer commode from the last quarter ...
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Antique 19th Century European Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass, Bronze

Antique French Louis XV Marble Top Nightstand Lingerie Chest of Drawers Commode
By New York Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique French Louis XV style marble top chest of drawers. Item features cast bronze ormolu, satinwood inlay, shaped marble top, beautiful walnut and rosewood construction, five dove...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Swedish Gustavian Chest Of 6 Drawers With Blue Faux Marble Top
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish Gustavian chest of 6 drawers with blueish faux marble top Dresser has brass hardware and original locks.
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Pine

Pine French Faux Bamboo Miniature Chest of Drawers with Marble Top, 1920s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful and rare miniature chest of drawers. Striking French design from the 1920s. Pine faux bamboo with original marble top. In very good condition with minor wear consistent ...
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Vintage 1920s French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Late 20th Century Chest of Drawers Walnut with Marble Top Quality
Located in Buggiano, IT
Chest of drawers in veneered walnut with marble top. Period: circa 1880 Size cm.: 118 x 58 x 108 H.
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Antique 1880s Italian Country Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Interlubke Made in Germany Marble Topped Chest of and Pair of Bedside Drawers
By Interlübke
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely bedroom suite of Interlubke made in West Germany vintage marble topped drawers A very decorative and extremely heavy suite of bedroo...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Empire Chest of Drawers with Green Marble Top, Brass Applications and Marquetry
Located in Hamburg, Hamburg
This beautiful honey colored Empire chest of drawers features unique brass applications, heavy paw feet, an impressive green marble top, and decorative floral marquetry - all of whic...
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Antique Early 19th Century Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Period Antique French Empire Commode Chest of Drawers with Beautiful Marble Top
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Period antique French Empire rich mahogany chest of drawers with beautiful gray marble top. Beautiful decorative brasses. Early and all original. #4324.  
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Lovely Original Victorian Chest of Drawers with Scottish Tartan Wrap, Marble Top
Located in London, GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely Victorian circa 1880 oak chest of drawers with Scottish Tartan wrap finish and Italian Carrara marble top A very good looking and de...
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Antique 1880s English High Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Baker Furniture Neoclassical Burl Wood Marble Top Commode or Chest of Drawers
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional neoclassical style commode or chest of drawers Procured from the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City By Baker Furniture USA, 20th century Burl ...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

1910s Art Nouveau Chest of Drawers Dresser in Cherrywood, Marble Top, Restored
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1910s Art Nouveau chest of drawers, dresser in cheerywood with marble top restored and polished to wax. Measures cm: H 103, W 130, D 56.
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Vintage 1910s Italian Art Nouveau Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Art Deco Thuya Marble-Top Commode Chest of Drawers, France, circa 1930
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Art Deco Thuya marble-top commode chest of drawers, France, circa 1930 Magnificent early 20th century Art Deco continental Thuya marble-topped commode, France, circa 1930, The rec...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Baker Furniture Neoclassical Burl Wood Marble-Top Commode or Chest of Drawers
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional neoclassical style commode or chest of drawers Procured from the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City By Baker Furniture USA, 20th century Burl ...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

Biedermeier Marble-Top Chest
Located in Wilson, NC
This Biedermeier chest has a 1 1/8inch thick marble top. The drawers have three fruitwood veneered panels, and the upper drawer has a 7/8-inch overhang from the lower three drawers. ...
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Antique 1840s German Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Brass

  • Biedermeier Marble-Top Chest
  • Biedermeier Marble-Top Chest
  • Biedermeier Marble-Top Chest
  • Biedermeier Marble-Top Chest
H 39 in. W 48.25 in. D 25 in.
Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers with Gray Marble Top and Three Drawers
Located in Houston, TX
Mahogany chest of drawers having three drawers. Reeded legs and gilt Wood accents on the drawers. Good construction with dove tailed drawers that pull open easily.   
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Early 20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

Louis XVI Style French Walnut Briarwood Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Sober and valuable French chest of drawers with two large and deep drawers, the locks and decorations are in bronze casting well detailed; very nice and particular the protection, al...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Directoire Style Mahogany Chest of Drawers With White marble Top Circa 1940's
Located in Stamford, CT
French Directoire style mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1940s, the white marble atop a conforming case fitted with five drawers, flanked by fluted uprights with bronze mounts, raise...
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Vintage 1940s French Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Louis Philippe French Chest of Drawers in Walnut-Feather and Marble Top
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Elegant and sober French chest of drawers with four comfortable drawers and gilded bronze locks, Spanish Emperador marble was used for the upper floor in a rare and precious color v...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis Philippe Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Marble

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

Materials

Marble

19th Century Louis XV Style Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
Located in Liverpool, GB
19th century Louis XV style chest of drawers with marble top A Louis XV style chest of drawers with wavy shapes. Slightly curved at the front and concave on the sides, with five dra...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Bronze

18th Century Mathieu Criaerd Regency Chest of Drawers with Marble Top
By Matthieu Criaerd
Located in Liverpool, GB
18th century Mathieu Criaerd Regency pine and oak chest of drawers with marble top A Regency chest of drawers, Mathieu Criaerd, with wavy shapes at the front and straight sides. W...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

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Marble Top Chest Of Drawers For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of marble top chest of drawers for sale on 1stDibs. Each of these unique marble top chest of drawers was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, stone and marble. There are 482 antique and vintage marble top chest of drawers for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Marble top chest of 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. Marble top chest of drawers are generally popular furniture pieces, but Louis XV, Louis XVI and Neoclassical styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Marble top chest of drawers have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Maison Jansen, Baker Furniture Company and Il Pezzo Mancante are consistently popular.

How Much are Marble Top Chest Of Drawers?

Marble top chest of drawers can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $5,070, while the lowest priced sells for $482 and the highest can go for as much as $396,541.

Finding the Right Commodes 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.