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19th Century French Painted Commode Louis XVI Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century French painted commode Louis XVI style.
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Large Louis XVI Painted Chest of Drawers
Located in Westport, CT
Stunning neoclassic Continental two-drawer chest with front chamfered sides finishing on squared tapered feet, adorned with minimal geometric panelled carvings and beautiful patinate...
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Antique 1780s Baltic Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Mirrored Louis XVI Gilt and White Painted Chest of Drawers
Located in Norwood, NJ
Louis XVI style mirrored chest of drawers. Carved, painted and gilt three-drawer chest has mirrored panels top, sides and each drawer.   
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Early 2000s European Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Gold Leaf

18th Century Painted French Louis XVI Period Commode or Chest of Drawers
Located in Birmingham, AL
A superb 18th century period French Louis XVI painted wooden commode or chest of drawers handcrafted by skilled craftsmen in Provence, having a wonderfully distressed pale aqua paint...
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Italian Painted Chest of Drawers with Marble Top in Louis XVI Style, 1940s
Located in Austin, TX
An elaborate Italian Carrara marble topped painted chest of drawers in the Louis XVI style, midcentury, circa 1940s. A lacquer painted oak base in cream with ornate aged brass orname...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Carrara Marble, Brass

Pair of Louis XVI Style Decorative Painted Chests
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a stylish pair of custom gray painted and parcel-gilt chests. The top has a cross-hatch painted design over three long drawers with cream-painted moulding replicated on the s...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Painted Louis XVI Style French Chest
Located in Austin, TX
Painted Louis XVI style French chest of drawers made of cherrywood with two dovetailed drawers. This piece has been finished with a gray-blue milk paint and gold leaf details. We lov...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

  • Painted Louis XVI Style French Chest
  • Painted Louis XVI Style French Chest
  • Painted Louis XVI Style French Chest
  • Painted Louis XVI Style French Chest
H 32.5 in. W 34.375 in. D 16.5 in.
Danish Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers with Gray Paint and Patina, 19th Century
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Danish Louis XVI Seize style chest of drawers made circa 1880 of solid pine wood. It has been hand painted with light grey paint and patina and later brass handles Nice antique ...
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Antique 19th Century Danish Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Paint, Pine

Italian Louis XVI Style Chest of Drawers in Lacquered and Painted Wood
Located in London, GB
Italian chest of drawers from the second half of the 20th century. Furniture of great quality and elegance, in style Louis XVI, in carved wood, lacquered and hand painted with floral...
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20th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Louis Seize Chest of Drawers, circa 1790
Located in Greding, DE
A three-drawer chest of drawers standing on square tapering feet with a new green frame with antiqued patina.
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Antique 1790s European Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Louis Seize Chest of Drawers, circa 1790
  • Louis Seize Chest of Drawers, circa 1790
  • Louis Seize Chest of Drawers, circa 1790
  • Louis Seize Chest of Drawers, circa 1790
H 34.06 in. W 42.72 in. D 25.2 in.
Late 19th Century Louis XVI Style Three-Drawer Commode, Chest of Drawers Marble
Located in Basingstoke, Hampshire
A large scale, late 19th century Louis XVI style three-drawer commode.  Of elegant proportions, featuring original brass mounts and thick Carrara marble top - displaying a beveled ed...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Vintage French Louis XVI Style painted dresser with 3 large drawers for storage. The style is suitable for various decor, including Swedish Gustavian, neoclassical, French provincia...
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20th Century European Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
  • Louis XVI Style Painted Dresser
H 32.5 in. W 50 in. D 22 in.
Italian Chest of Drawers Lacquered and Painted in Louis XVI Style, 20th Century
Located in London, GB
Italian style dresser Louis XVI of the 20th century. Furniture of beautiful line and pleasant wooden furniture lacquered and tastefully hand painted neoclassical. Wooden top lacquere...
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20th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

French Painted Louis XVI Style Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Exceptional 19th century French Louis XVI style painted commode. The three drawers with shaped trim accents and having ribbon and swag motif pulls and escutcheons. Perfect for today'...
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Antique 1860s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

French Painted Louis XVI Style Commode
H 33 in. W 47 in. D 22.5 in.
Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Louis XVI style distressed paint decorated 5 drawer commode.
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Early 20th Century Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Paint Decorated Commode
H 26 in. W 18.5 in. D 16.75 in.
Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI painted commode features tailored architecture enhanced by applied flourishes which contrast with the distressed painted finish. Spacious enough to be all on...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
H 34 in. W 53.5 in. D 23 in.
Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI painted commode features tailored architecture enhanced by applied flourishes which contrast with the distressed painted finish. Spacious enough to be all on...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Commode
H 34 in. W 53.5 in. D 23 in.
19th Century Louis XVI Carved and Painted Three-Drawer Commode Chest
Located in Dallas, TX
Use this elegant painted chest of drawers in an entry way or living room. Crafted in France, circa 1860, this cabinet sits on tapered and fluted feet, and features detailed carved de...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

French Semainier Chest of Drawers Cabinet
Located in San Francisco, CA
Shapely, hand crafted, carved, and hand painted chest with seven interior drawers. Early 20th century, France.
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20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • French Semainier Chest of Drawers Cabinet
  • French Semainier Chest of Drawers Cabinet
  • French Semainier Chest of Drawers Cabinet
  • French Semainier Chest of Drawers Cabinet
H 53.5 in. W 50 in. D 25.25 in.
Painted Louis XVI Commode, 18th Century, France
Located in New Orleans, LA
A two-drawer chest on tapered legs, this painted commode with original paint and hardware is from the period of Louis XVI.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

French Louis XVI Painted Commode, 19th Century
Located in Cypress, CA
Unusual 19th century French Louis XVI style painted two-drawer commode with thick beige marble top, all on cabriole legs.    
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

1920s, Venetian Baroque Commode, Chest of Drawers, Hand Painted, Edges Gold Leaf
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Original antique precious early 20th century Venetian Baroque serpentine commode, chest of drawers hand-decorated. Edges in gold leaf. Good conditions. Measures cm: H 87, L 120, P ...
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Early 20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

18th Century French Louis XVI Painted Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century French Louis XVI painted commode features a rustic country French effect, yet classical embellishment inspired by the revival initiated during the reign of Louis XVI. Pa...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Distressed Cream Painted and Gilt High Chest
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Distressed cream painted with gilt highlights. Two doors that open to fitted drawers. Two drawers on top for storage. Brass hardware.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Louis XVI Style Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Louis XVI style faux marble top 3-drawer commodes, with a distressed finish.
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20th Century Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XVI Style Commodes
H 30.25 in. W 32 in. D 16.25 in.
Pair Louis XVI Style Distressed Cream Painted Three-Drawer Chests
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Distressed cream painted with three drawers and brass hardware.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Louis XVI Period Painted Commode. France circa 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
A small 18th century commode in Louis XVI period with fabulous 18th century craftsmanship with shaped top and canted pilaster corners on long tapered legs. All skillfully hand painte...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of...

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Bronze

  • Louis XVI Period Painted Commode. France circa 1780
  • Louis XVI Period Painted Commode. France circa 1780
  • Louis XVI Period Painted Commode. France circa 1780
  • Louis XVI Period Painted Commode. France circa 1780
H 32.5 in. W 32.75 in. D 20.50 in.
19th Century French Louis XVI Painted Marble Top Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XVI painted marble top commode features tailored neoclassical lines, with a lovely antique patina in its painted finish in soft, gray tones. Embellished wit...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble, Bronze

18th Century Louis XVI Commode with Distressed Painted Finish
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century Louis XVI commode with distressed painted finish features a pastel blue tint on gray that creates just the touch of color you need in a room! Subtle carved detail can be...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

19th Century Country French Louis XVI Painted Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century Country French Louis XVI painted commode features subtle hand carved embellishment enhanced by the patinaed painted finish. Three spacious drawers and a generous surface...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Early 19th Century French Painted Louis XVI Style Three-Drawer Commode
Located in Birmingham, AL
Early 19th century French Louis XVI style three-drawer commode or chest of drawers handcrafted near Nimes in the South of France, having a beautifully distressed off white painted fi...
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Antique 1820s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Louis XVI Dutch Commode
Located in Vista, CA
Louis XVI period Dutch commode with central urn and floral carved motif on the drawers flanked by circular rosette hardware with a barley twist round handle. Each drawer has rosettes...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Paint, Wood

  • Louis XVI Dutch Commode
  • Louis XVI Dutch Commode
  • Louis XVI Dutch Commode
  • Louis XVI Dutch Commode
H 39 in. W 52 in. D 26 in.
18th Century Louis XVI Faux Marble Light Blue Painted Commode
Located in London, GB
The faux marble-top over an arrangement of two long drawers carved with neoclassical decoration consisting of guilloche borders with swags below the original brass handles and raised...
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Antique 1780s Belgian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

18th Century Country French Louis XVI Neoclassical Painted Commode, circa 1770
Located in Dallas, TX
Add timeless flair to your decorating with this superb 18th century Country French Louis XVI neoclassical painted commode! Featuring a wonderfully distressed painted finish with pati...
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Antique 1770s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI Style Commodes
By Maitland Smith
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI style paint decorated 3-drawer commodes.
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20th Century American Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

  • Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI Style Commodes
  • Pair of Maitland Smith Louis XVI Style Commodes
H 32.25 in. W 44 in. D 19.25 in.
Louis XVI Provincial Creme and Grey Painted 3-Drawer Commode, Late 18th Century
Located in Miami, FL
The rectangular top above 3 drawers relief carved with folate motif, all painted in creme and grey tones, flanked by fluting, on tapering square fluted legs.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Paint

18th Century Louis XVI Commode with Distressed Painted Finish
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century Louis XVI commode with distressed painted finish features a pastel blue tint on gray that creates just the touch of color you need in a room! Subtle carved detail can be...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

1790s French Louis XVI Period Aqua Painted Two-Drawer Commode with Carved Skirt
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XVI period aqua painted wooden two-drawer commode with carved skirt and tapered legs from the late 18th century. This French painted commode features a rectangular top...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

French Louis XVI 18th Century Painted Two-Drawer Commode with Fluted Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XVI period painted two-drawer commode from the late 18th century, with fluted accents and bronze hardware. Born in France at the end of King Louis XVI's reign, this pa...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

18th c. Lombardy Italian Painted and Parcel Gilt Louis XVI Commode
Located in New Orleans, LA
18th c. Louis XVI Italian Painted and Parcel Gilt Commode from Lombardy (Torino)
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests o...

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Marble

20th Century Lacquered, Painted, Gilt Wood French Louis XVI Demilune Dresser
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
French demilune dresser from the second half of the 20th century. Lacquered, gilded and painted wood commode with very pleasant landscapes and floral decorations. Furniture with thre...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Wood, Wood

20th Century Lacquered and Painted Wood Italian Louis XVI Style Dresser, 1950
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian commode in Louis XVI style from 20th century. Beautiful line furniture of pleasant decor in lacquered and hand painted wood in neoclassical style. High quality faux marble la...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Wood

20th Century Lacquered Painted Wood Marble Top Italian Louis XVI Style Dresser
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian dresser from the second half of the 20th century. High quality and elegant furniture, in Louis XVI style, in carved, lacquered and hand painted wood with floral and Greek dec...
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Late 20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

20th Century Lacquered, Gilt, Painted Wood Italian Louis XVI Style Dresser, 1950
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian chest of drawers from the mid-20th century. Furniture of great elegance and fabulous decor in Louis XVI style in carved, lacquered, gilded and hand painted wood with floral d...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Wood, Wood

Italian Dresser in Lacquered, Painted Wood with Marble Top in Louis XVI Style
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian chest of drawers from 20th century. Louis XVI style furniture in richly carved, lacquered, gilded and hand-painted wood with floral decorations and landscapes. Dresser with t...
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Late 20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Marble

Louis XVI Style Commode with Painted Panel by Henry Dasson, Dated 1879
By Henry Dasson, Jean-Henri Riesener
Located in London, GB
A very fine Louis XVI style gilt-bronze mounted Marquetry Commode By Henry Dasson After a model by Jean-Henri Riesener, supplied to Marie-Antoinette for Versailles. Constructed i...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Breccia Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Painted Commode Stamped Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
A very unique two-drawer commode, circa 1940s, thoroughly creme peinte and parcel gilded, the rectangular beveled top over a conforming case of two drawers, elegantly carved medallio...
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Vintage 1940s French Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Cream Painted Marble-Top Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Cream painted with turqoise highlights. Marble top.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Louis XVI Style Cream Painted Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Cream Painted Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Cream Painted Marble-Top Commode
  • Louis XVI Style Cream Painted Marble-Top Commode
H 38.75 in. W 42.75 in. D 21.50 in.
Louis XVI Style Carved Wood Lacquered Gilded Hand Painted, Italy
Located in CH
Italian commode from the mid-20th century. Item of great elegance and fabulous decor Louis XVI style carved wood, lacquered, gilded and hand painted with floral decorations. Dresser ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Louis XVI Style Painted and Gilt Marble-Top Bombe Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Painted with gilt highlights. Lacquered marble top.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode
Located in Woodbury, CT
19th century French Louis XVI style commode of oak and mahogany with black marble top, brass cast fittings. Later painted Napoleonic black.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Paint

  • 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode
  • 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode
  • 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode
  • 19th Century French Louis XVI Style Commode
H 35.5 in. W 49 in. D 22.5 in.
Painted Commode in the Louis XV Style
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A Louis XVI style painted commode. The pale sage gray finish with a light antiquing over solid wood. The high quality handles are in a gilt cast bronze and original to the piece. Two...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ormolu

  • Painted  Commode in the Louis XV Style
  • Painted  Commode in the Louis XV Style
  • Painted  Commode in the Louis XV Style
  • Painted  Commode in the Louis XV Style
H 38 in. W 54.50 in. D 24 in.
18th Century French Louis XVI Style Carved and White Washed Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
Fabulous 18th century French Louis XVI style carved and white washed commode. Beautiful intricate carved pattern and great patina as well. Mixes well with a variety of decors!
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Wood

Pair of Jansen Style Marble Top Commodes / Nightstands Painted Linen Finished
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Jansen style marble top commodes or nightstands having a hand painted linen finish. A simply stunning and finely crafted pair of commodes or bedside stands in the Louis XVI...
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Late 20th Century Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Carrara Marble, Bronze

Italian Provincial Painted Dresser
Located in Port Chester, NY
Italian Provincial dresser - Louis XVI style provincial commode with an antiqued hand painted and slightly distressed finish, a serpentine molded edge top above two long paneled draw...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of ...

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Wood

  • Italian Provincial Painted Dresser
  • Italian Provincial Painted Dresser
  • Italian Provincial Painted Dresser
  • Italian Provincial Painted Dresser
H 33 in. W 42 in. D 20 in.
18th Century Country French Painted Commode
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century Country French painted commode features subtle neoclassic styling cues with the molded detail and the tailored architecture, making this rendition would work in any tran...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Oak

Vintage French Louis XVI Style Ebonized & Gilt Three-Drawer Commode 20th Century
Located in Big Flats, NY
Vintage French Louis XVI style commode features ebonized wood construction in bombe form with three drawers and all-over painted and gilt floral, foliate and scroll design, seated on...
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Wood

Paint Decorated Antique Italian Provincial Commode Dresser, C1880
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful painted decorated and faux marble painted commode. The commode dates to the latter part of the 1800s. The commode measures 40 wide x 18 deep x 29 tall.
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Antique 1890s Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

18th Century Painted Swedish Commode
Located in Carmel, CA
This two part, four drawer Gustavian commode with double edge molding, a dental and strie band detail around the top is both simple and refined. There are Corinthian columns on front...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Swedish Louis XVI Commodes and Chests o...

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Bronze

  • 18th Century Painted Swedish Commode
  • 18th Century Painted Swedish Commode
  • 18th Century Painted Swedish Commode
  • 18th Century Painted Swedish Commode
H 43 in. W 50 in. D 24 in.
Italian Faux Marble Painted Florentine Bombe Commode Dresser Buffet
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Florentine Louis XVI style distressed painted 4-drawer faux marble top commode with gilt accents.
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20th Century Italian Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Fruitwood

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Painted Louis Xvi Chest Of Drawers For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of painted louis xvi chest of drawers available for sale. Each of these unique painted louis xvi chest of drawers was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and oak. Painted louis xvi chest of drawers have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Painted louis xvi chest of drawers made by Louis XVI designers — as well as those associated with Hollywood Regency — are very popular at 1stDibs. Painted louis xvi chest of drawers have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Henry Dasson are consistently popular.

How Much are Painted Louis Xvi Chest Of Drawers?

Painted louis xvi chest of drawers can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $5,627, while the lowest priced sells for $316 and the highest can go for as much as $232,848.

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.