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

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Wood

Pair of French Serpentine-Front Chests
Located in Pasadena, CA
A pair of French serpentine-front two-drawer chests with marble tops and ormolu decoration.
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20th Century French Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Pair of French Serpentine-Front Chests
  • Pair of French Serpentine-Front Chests
  • Pair of French Serpentine-Front Chests
  • Pair of French Serpentine-Front Chests
H 33.75 in. W 48.5 in. D 20.25 in.
Pair of French Art Deco Chests of Drawers
Located in New York, NY
Pair of circa 1940s French black lacquered chests of drawers with gilt details. Amethyst glass pulls. Measurements: Width 40" Height 34" Depth 21".
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Vintage 1940s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Painted Green French Provincial Chests
Located in Locust Valley, NY
A pair of painted green, French Provincial style chests of drawers.
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20th Century French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Paint

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.
Pair of French Midcentury Leather Covered Chests of Drawers
Located in Stamford, CT
Handsome and elegant pair of large-scale French Louis XVI style leather wrapped commodes with bronze mounts. These impressive chests are covered in leather with tooled gilt diamond p...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Leather

Pair of French Mid Century Leather Wrapped Chests of Drawers
Located in Stamford, CT
Handsome and elegant pair of large-scale French Louis XVI style leather wrapped commodes with bronze mounts. The leather with tooled gilt diamond pattern decoration. Very fine crafts...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Maison Regain Chest of Drawers, circa 1960, France
By Maison Regain
Located in Girona, Spain
Pair of Maison Regain chest of drawers. Solid elm. Three drawers each. Exquisite craftsmanship, circa 1960, France. Very good vintage condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Elm

Pair of French Modern Shagreen Chests in the Style of R & Y Augousti
By R & Y Augousti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of French Modern Shagreen chests in the style of R & Y Augousti, Each one of rectangular form, sleek, streamlined mahogany case with chrome hardwares and panels of inset shagree...
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20th Century French Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Chrome

Pair of French, Louis XV Style Bombe Chests
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of French, Louis XV style bombe low chests, overall white painted and parcel-gilt, the rectangular top over a conforming case fitted with two drawers, raised on scrolled legs.
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20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

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

Materials

Marble

Pair of French Regency White Lacquered Chest of Drawers Commodes
Located in Dallas, TX
Express a distinct style and taste with this striking yet elegant pair of French Regency three-drawer bachelor chest of drawers. Lacquered in a soft white, each chest features a rect...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Modern Storage Chests
Located in Port Chester, NY
A pair of Mid-Century Modern style storage chests with white marble top, brass trims and panels, and ebonized drawer fronts. The end doors open to reveal interior shelf storage and r...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Che...

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Brass

  • Pair of Modern Storage Chests
  • Pair of Modern Storage Chests
  • Pair of Modern Storage Chests
  • Pair of Modern Storage Chests
H 38 in. W 48 in. D 20.13 in.
Pair of French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Patinated Chests
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant pair of French 19th century Louis XVI style patinated chests. Each chest is raised by fine circular tapered fluted legs below carved block rosettes and fluted columns that...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Art Deco Ebonized Chests in the Manner of Jules Leleu
By Jules Leleu, Maison Dominique, André Arbus, Andre Domin & Marcel Genevriere for Maison Dominique
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning pair of French Art Deco ebonized commodes, chests, nightstands or side tables with two drawers and bronze hardware. This versatile pair of Jules Leleu inspired tables would ...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bronze

Pair of French Provincial Green Painted Chests Of Drawers With Serpentine Top
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of green painted French Provincial chests of drawers, each has a serpentine top, the enclosed case fitted with three drawers, raised on a scalloped apron and cabriole legs.
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Vintage 1960s American Country Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French 19th Century Mahogany, Gilt and Red Marble Chest of Drawers
Located in London, GB
A pair of French commodes in the Louis XV manner. Constructed in mahogany, dressed with gilt bronze mounts and having Languedoc rouge marble platforms; rising from swept cabriole ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

French Pair of Side Chest Raised on Slender Cabriole Legs, Early 20th C
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French pair of raised side chests from the early 20th century. This antique pair of painted wood end tables from France each feature a top with a shapely-carved raised rim (along t...
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Early 20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French 19th Century Louis XV Style Kingwood and Tulipwood Chests
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lovely pair of French 19th century Louis XV style kingwood and tulipwood marquetry bombée chests. Each chest is raised by short cabriole legs with fine ormolu sabots that lead up t...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Patinated Three-Drawer Chests
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant and charming pair of French 19th century Louis XVI style patinated three drawer chests. Each chest is raised by circular tapered fluted legs below fluted columns which...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of 1970s Lucite and Brass Chest of Drawers
By Maison Jansen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of 1970s Lucite and brass chest of drawers Black wood interiors in the drawers Great vintage condition Measures: 100 x 51 x 68cm.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of 1970s Lucite and Brass Chest of Drawers
  • Pair of 1970s Lucite and Brass Chest of Drawers
  • Pair of 1970s Lucite and Brass Chest of Drawers
  • Pair of 1970s Lucite and Brass Chest of Drawers
H 26.78 in. W 39.38 in. D 20.08 in.
Pair of French Louis XV Style Bombe Commode Banded Top Chest of Drawers
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of French Louis XV style bombe commodes. Item features French Rococo style brass ormolu and hardware, working lock and key, two dovetailed drawers, banded tops, cabriole legs,...
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Late 20th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Pair of French Mid-Century Chests of Drawers, Crème and Faux Marble Finish
Located in Southampton, NY
Pair of French Mid-Century chest of drawers, crème color base with brown faux marble tops in the Hepplewhite style.
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Mid-20th Century European Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of 19th Century Walnut Chest of Draws
Located in Cheshire, GB
A pair of 19th century French walnut commodes, the large rectangular Rosa Verona marble tops with rounded corners above an arrangement of three long and two short molded paneled draw...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Pair of 19th Century Walnut Chest of Draws
  • Pair of 19th Century Walnut Chest of Draws
  • Pair of 19th Century Walnut Chest of Draws
  • Pair of 19th Century Walnut Chest of Draws
H 35 in. W 40 in. D 19.5 in.
Fine Pair of Early 20th Century French Transitional Louis XV-XVI Kingwood Chests
Located in Dallas, TX
A very fine pair of late 19th-early 20th century French transitional Louis XV -XVI kingwood commodes with marquetry inlay. Fine gilt bronze mounts with original Carrara marble tops.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Kingwood

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

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Neoclassic Nightstands
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French circa 1920s neoclassic style three-drawer marquetry nightstands with original bronze fittings. Measurements: Height 28" Width 22" Depth 15.5".
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Vintage 1920s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of French Neoclassic Nightstands
  • Pair of French Neoclassic Nightstands
  • Pair of French Neoclassic Nightstands
  • Pair of French Neoclassic Nightstands
H 28 in. W 22 in. D 15.5 in.
Pair of '2' Chests of Drawers Louis XV 20th Century, Marquetry
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of (2) chests of drawers Louis XV 20th century, marquetry Solid wood with marquetry tulip veneer. Each 3 drawer box body with decorated brass handle. Cover plate with high bo...
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20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Italian 19th Century Neoclassical Style Chests
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A unique and extremely decorative pair of Italian 19th century neoclassical style mahogany, giltwood, ormolu and marble chests. Each three-drawer chest is raised by handsome and rich...
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Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Carrara Marble, Ormolu

Pair of Custom Blue Distress Painted French Louis XV Style Bombe Commodes Chests
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Impressive pair of vintage French Louis XV style bombe form commodes or bachelor chests. The pair features ornate brass hardware, faux marble painted tops, curvaceous bombe form, fou...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Mirrored Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French mirrored commodes with wood trim having two front doors with large round handles and a scalloped design apron.
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Late 20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mirror

  • Pair of French Mirrored Commodes
  • Pair of French Mirrored Commodes
  • Pair of French Mirrored Commodes
  • Pair of French Mirrored Commodes
H 30.5 in. W 54 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Small Lacquer Chest of Drawers by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Jean Claude Mahey
Located in Paris, FR
Crisp white lacquer, paired with bright brass accents, feels creamy and luxe on this pair of chests of drawers. Their boxy, simple style is typical of both the 1970s and designer Jea...
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Vintage 1970s French Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Small Lacquer Chest of Drawers by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Jean Claude Mahey, Maison Romeo
Located in Paris, FR
Crisp white lacquer, paired with bright brass accents, feels creamy and luxe on this pair of chests of drawers. Their boxy, simple style is typical of both the 1970s and designer Jea...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Guillerme et Chambron, Pair of Oak Chests of Drawers, Edition Votre Maison
By Guillerme et Chambron, Votre Maison
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Guillerme et Chambron, pair of oak chests of drawers. Edition Votre Maison. Tiles in black ceramic. (Tiles can be changed).
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ceramic, Oak

Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
Located in Wilson, NC
Pair of French marble-top commodes, have acanthus carved cabriole legs with carved cartouches in the drawers and doors.  
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Vintage 1920s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Brass

  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
  • Pair of French Marble-Top Commodes
H 31.5 in. W 17.75 in. D 17.75 in.
Pair of French 1940s Oak Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French 1940s oak commodes with two mirrored doors with painted drape design.  
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20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mirror, Oak

  • Pair of French 1940s Oak Commodes
  • Pair of French 1940s Oak Commodes
  • Pair of French 1940s Oak Commodes
  • Pair of French 1940s Oak Commodes
H 39 in. W 36 in. D 16 in.
Pair of Important Louis XVI Chest of Drawers with Provenance, Venice, 1780-1790
Located in CH
1 pair of small, contained chest of drawers, Louis XVI, Venice, circa 1780-1790. Wood carved with leaves and decorative frieze and painted white on all sides and partly gilded. Rec...
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Antique 1780s French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Pair of 19th Century French Commodes
Located in Dublin, GB
A fine pair of 19th century French commodes in the Louis XV style. Constructed in bookmatched kingwood veneers, inlaid with floral motifs, richly decorated with fine ormulo mounts, t...
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Antique 1860s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Ormolu

  • Pair of 19th Century French Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Commodes
H 34 in. W 46.75 in. D 23.75 in.
French 19th Century Lingerie Chests Louis XV Style in Walnut Bronze Mounts, Pair
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of tall slender chests of drawers with seven drawers each, 19th century. Century with bronze hardware and drawer pulls. Burled walnut wood and good solid construction. Great f...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

Pair of French Provincial Brittany Style Bedside Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Provincial Brittany style bedside commodes with spindle design and marble-top with shelf (18th-19th century).    
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Antique Late 18th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests o...

Materials

Marble

Fabulous Pair of French Shop Fittings or Bank of Drawers
Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Fabulous pair of 19th century original painted French shop fittings, 1880. Dimensions: 61.5 inches (156 cms) wide 14.5 inches (37 cms) deep 70 inches (178 cms) high.
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pine

Pair of Antique French Mahogany Louis XVI Commodes
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of antique French mahogany Louis XVI commodes.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bronze

Pair of French Style Carved Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of French style carved walnut commodes.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Pair of French Style Carved Commodes
  • Pair of French Style Carved Commodes
  • Pair of French Style Carved Commodes
  • Pair of French Style Carved Commodes
H 34 in. W 43 in. D 20.5 in.
Pair of Marble-Top Louis XV Style Commodes Chests Attributed to Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of marble-top commodes in the Louis XV fashion by Maison Jansen. This fabulous pair of oak secondary wood commodes. Each in the Louis XV style having routed panel sides and fron...
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Vintage 1910s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th Century French Side Cabinets
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality pair of French ebonized and brass boulle inlaid chests, each with a three quarter brass gallery to tops. Greek key pattern with leaf decoration to the frieze. Seven dr...
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of 19th Century French Walnut Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Each small scaled commode feature a demilune marble top over two bookmatched veneers drawers mounted with laurel wreath ormolu pulls, and inlaid with flower-filled Classical urns to ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Ormolu

  • Pair of 19th Century French Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Walnut Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century French Walnut Commodes
H 30.25 in. W 25.75 in. D 13.75 in.
Pair of French Giltwood Diminutive Marble-Top Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of French giltwood diminutive marble-top commodes, each one with scalloped rose marble tops, over a three 18.5" x 5" drawers, raised on cabriole legs. Complete with two keys.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Pair of Monumental French Commodes in the Manner of Maison Jansen
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of monumental Louis XVI style marble-top commodes in the Maison Jansen fashion. These impressive and finely constructed commodes or sideboards are simply stunning and leave noth...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Carrara Marble, Bronze

Pair of French Provencal Directoire Style Commodes
By Maison Jansen
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Stylish pair of 1950's Italian fruitwood chests made in the French Provencal Directoire style. Nice clean construction, hand printed paper lined drawers highly detailed cast hardware...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Directoire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Fruitwood

Pair of French Art Deco Marble Top Bedside Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Art Deco rectangular burl walnut bedside commodes crowned with rectangular grey tops and accented with stylized floral maple trim and curved maple feet. Each commode f...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Pair of French Antique Style White Commodes
Located in New York, NY
French antique style, white painted commodes / chests with original brass handles and two pull-out drawers.
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Vintage 1960s Louis XIV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of French Louis XVI Style Small Bedside Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of French Louis XVI style (19th Cent) oval form small bedside commodes (chevets) with parquetry inlaid design with 3 drawers and shelf, bronze trim, & marble top with gallery.  ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Pair of 1940s French Etched Commodes, by Jean Pascaud
By Jean Pascaud
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1940's French commodes by Jean Pascaud. The commodes are composed of rosewood etched with a diamond pattern and fitted with a drop front door and sycamore and mirror lined in...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mirror, Rosewood, Sycamore

Pair of French Neoclassical Parcel-Gilt and Polychromed Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of French neoclassical parcel-gilt and Polychromed commodes, each one of rectangular form, fitted with two 34" x 10" drawers. Nicely carved with brass hardware.
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20th Century French Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Pair of French Black and Gold Art Deco Style Nightstands
Located in New York, NY
Unique pair of French Art Deco style nightstands/commodes with black tinted and reverse painted gold glass, and brass trims. The legs are 12-3/4" H and each drawer measures 29" W x 6...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Dra...

Materials

Brass

Pair of French Commodes Bombe' Form with Elaborate Bronze Mounts
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of French commodes with bronze dore mounts cross match kingwood veneers Pale cream marble with rose and Aubergine veining Two drawers with exceptional bronze dore mounts Bo...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Louis XV Style Petite Parquetry Kingwood Commodes
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Elegant lines, petite proportions and parquetry surfaces make this pair of French Louis XV style petite commodes especially attractive. The tops centering a ribbon inlay have a drawe...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of 18th Century style Marble Topped French Commodes
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality pair of French 18th century style parquetry inlaid bombe fronted marble topped commodes, each with Rococo influenced gilded ormolu mounts two Oak lined drawers and rai...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

Exceptional Pair of French Provincial Green Painted and Parcel-Gilt Commodes
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional pair of French Provincial green painted and parcel-gilt commodes, circa 19th century. Excellent quality and design. Very decorative and stable. Two drawer chest/...
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Antique 19th Century French French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Dra...

Materials

Giltwood, Paint, Wood

Pair of French 19th Century Louis XV Style Commodes
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A most elegant pair of French 19th century Louis XV style kingwood, tulipwood and ormolu commodes. Each chest is raised by fine cabriole legs with rich pierced ormolu sabots. The arb...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Ormolu

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Pair Of French Chests For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of pair of French chests for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct pair of French chests — often made from wood, metal and marble — can elevate any home. There are 128 antique and vintage pair of French chests for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 2 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of pair of French chests available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. There are many kinds of pair of French chests to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Louis XV, Louis XVI and Mid-Century Modern pair of French chests are of considerable interest. Dillingham Manufacturing Company, John Widdicomb and François Linke each produced beautiful pair of French chests that are worth considering.

How Much are Pair Of French Chests?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $10,830, while they’re typically $1,200 on the low end and $445,000 highest priced.

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.