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Pair of Painted Commodes, by Julia Gray
By Julia Gray
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of painted commodes, by Julia Gray Each one beautifully painted with bronze hardware, fitted with two 35.5" wide x 8" high drawers, raised on tapering carved legs.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

  • Pair of Painted Commodes, by Julia Gray
  • Pair of Painted Commodes, by Julia Gray
  • Pair of Painted Commodes, by Julia Gray
  • Pair of Painted Commodes, by Julia Gray
H 34.5 in. W 43 in. D 20.5 in.
Pair of Bruges Painted Commodes
Located in Chulmleigh, Devon
These are actually a matched pair of chests with slight differences to the carving from late 19th century one older than the other, we think one made to match maybe 10 years later bu...
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Antique 1890s Belgian Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

  • Pair of Bruges Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Bruges Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Bruges Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Bruges Painted Commodes
H 35.83 in. W 57.88 in. D 20.08 in.
Pair of Swedish Blue Painted Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Swedish blue painted commodes in the Gustavian style with Greek key trim and brass hardware, circa 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Swedish Blue Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Swedish Blue Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Swedish Blue Painted Commodes
  • Pair of Swedish Blue Painted Commodes
H 32.50 in. W 32.50 in. D 17.75 in.
Pair of 1930s Italian Painted Commodes
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Pair of 1930s Italian commodes with gilded carved wood, original worn paint and inset marble tops.
Category

Vintage 1930s Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

  • Pair of 1930s Italian Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 1930s Italian Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 1930s Italian Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 1930s Italian Painted Commodes
H 37.41 in. W 52.37 in. D 22.84 in.
Pair of Italian Neoclassical Grisaille Painted Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Italian neoclassic (18/19th century) grisaille painted commodes with a serpentine shape and four doors decorated with classical ruins and trophy designs on inside.
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Antique Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sensational pair of late 19th century painted commodes from Spain. Great construction with three drawers over tapered legs. The painted finish is wonderful with a terrific chevron ...
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
H 34.25 in. W 45.13 in. D 20.25 in.
Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sensational pair of late 19th century painted commodes from Spain. Great construction with three drawers over tapered legs. The painted finish is wonderful with a great motif and t...
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Antique Late 19th Century Spanish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
H 34 in. W 44.63 in. D 20.75 in.
Pair of Italian Vintage Painted Bombe Commodes
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Unusual to find in a pair- vintage painted bombe commodes from Italy. The painted finish is showing attractive age-related patina and fading and is accented with raised scrolled deta...
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Vintage 1930s Italian Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
Located in Atlanta, GA
A sensational pair of late 19th century painted commodes from Spain. Great construction with three drawers over tapered legs. The painted finish is wonderful with a beautiful patina ...
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Antique 19th Century Spanish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 19th Century Spanish Painted Commodes
H 36 in. W 46.63 in. D 22.63 in.
Pair of 20th Century White Painted Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 20th century white painted commodes featuring top drawer with carved diamond trim, fluted corners, and carved décor.
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20th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 20th Century White Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century White Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century White Painted Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century White Painted Commodes
H 32.00 in. W 47.00 in. D 17.50 in.
Pair of Adams Style Paint Decorated Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Green painted frames with floral paint decoration and courting scenes on doors. Door opens to shelves for storage.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Swedish Style Distressed Painted Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Swedish style distressed painted commodes. Distressed cream painted frames.
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Mid-20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Karges Paint Decorated Bombe Commodes
By Karges Furniture
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Cream and turquoise floral paint decoration. Karges plate.
Category

20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Jeffco Distressed Painted Marble Top Commodes
By Jeffco Furniture
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Jeffco distressed painted marble top commodes with one drawer over two doors and silver gilt accents.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Pair of Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of églomisé mirrored tables. The mirrored tables having églomisé decoration on top and sides, the front similarly decorated with three drawers.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mirror

  • Pair of Commodes
  • Pair of Commodes
  • Pair of Commodes
  • Pair of Commodes
H 28 in. W 22 in. D 16 in.
Fine Pair of 19th Century Swedish Painted Commodes
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Pair of Gustavian inspired chest of drawers, circa 1870. 3 drawer chests with shaped fronts, later ring handles and escutheons. Canted corners with applied acanthus detailing. ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pine

Large Pair of Italian Neoclassical Style Crosshatch Painted Commodes
Located in Wichita, KS
A stunning Italian neoclassical style pair of large commodes with painted crosshatching design. These beautiful commodes are a marriage of 19th century elements and modern constructi...
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Late 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Paint

Pair of 19thc Painted and Gilded Commodes
Located in New Orleans, LA
Unusual pair of painted and gilded Swedish commodes.
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Antique Mid-18th Century Swedish Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 19thc Painted and Gilded Commodes
  • Pair of 19thc Painted and Gilded Commodes
  • Pair of 19thc Painted and Gilded Commodes
  • Pair of 19thc Painted and Gilded Commodes
H 34.5 in. W 48 in. D 26.25 in.
Pair of 20th Century Blue Painted Gustavian Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 20th century blue painted Gustavian commodes featuring top drawer decorated with "à la grecque" or Greek Fretwork border and two opposing Griffins. Hand painted wood top in a...
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20th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of 20th Century Blue Painted Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century Blue Painted Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century Blue Painted Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of 20th Century Blue Painted Gustavian Commodes
H 33.00 in. W 36.00 in. D 18.50 in.
Pair of Zebra Painted Louis XIV Style Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
A fun pair of zebra painted Louis XIV style commodes having silvered brass mounts. Painted in high gloss paint.
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Early 2000s Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bronze

Pair of 19th Century White Painted Gustavian Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 19th century white painted Gustavian commodes, each with angled fluted corners and three drawers with brass hardware.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Painted Swedish Style Bombe Commodes Dressers Foyer Chests
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Swedish style Bombe commodes. Distressed antique white paint with 5 drawers and brass hardware.
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Vintage 1970s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of White Distressed Painted Gustavian Style Dressers Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful pair of custom made hand carved white painted commodes in the Swedish style. The commodes measures 46 wide x 19 deep x 34 tall.
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Early 2000s Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Pine

Pair of Late 18th Century Italian Hand-Painted Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of late 18th century Italian polychrome painted commodes.   
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Antique Late 18th Century Romantic Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Charming Hand-Painted Italian Chest of Drawers Commodes
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Two large very pretty hand-painted commodes in pastel colors with a creamy background in the style of Jane Keltner, no labels. Came from a high end furniture store in Princeton NJ (W...
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1990s Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Hickory Manufacturing Co. Distressed Cream Painted Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Distressed cream painted commodes.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of 19th Century Grey Painted Gustavian Commode
Located in Stamford, CT
Swedish Gustavian style pair of grey painted three drawer commodes with gilded Greek key border, black faux stone top, fluted corners, and brass medallion hardware, circa 19th centur...
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Antique 19th Century Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Widdicomb Distressed Cream Painted Marble-Top Commodes
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Distressed cream painted frames with red highlights and marble-top.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of 1870s Portuguese Painted Three-Drawer Commodes with Scalloped Aprons
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Portuguese distressed grey painted wooden three-drawer commodes from the late 19th century with scalloped aprons. Created in Portugal during the third quarter of the 19th c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Portuguese Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

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 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

Materials

Carrara Marble, Bronze

Pair of 20th Century Painted Light Green Gustavian Style Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of 20th century Gustavian commodes with painted faux marble tops, carved border, fluted corners. Top drawer features carved banding, supported by fluted feet.
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20th Century Swedish Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th c. Rustic Painted and Gilded Marble Top Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Continental Rustic commodes with shaped white marble tops over front carved with painted and gilt trimmed x-form and leaf designs. For matching mirrors, see dealer refer...
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Antique 19th Century Rustic Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf

Pair of Adams Paint Decorated Demilune Commodes Attributed to Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a rare matched pair of Adams paint decorated commodes, circa 1930. The commodes "READ" a light yellow color and not a crème or off-white color. The flash of the camera does b...
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Vintage 1930s American Adam Style Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Venetian or Italian Floral Decorated Painted Commode Consoles
Located in Nashville, TN
The commodini of bombe' form with painted scrolls and inset floral panels . Each with three drawers. Probably made with an intentional distress look and time has added more wear. The...
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Vintage 1910s Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of French Style Paint Decorated Marble-Top Bombe Commode
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Marble top. Distressed cream painted frame with gilt highlights.
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20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Italian Venetian Style Distress Painted Bombe Commode Chest
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of large Italian Venetian style distress painted bombe commode chest. Item features shapely bombe form, fairly large impressive size, metal tag reads "NW", wood construction, di...
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Late 20th Century Baroque Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Red Gustavian Commodes
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of red painted Gustavian style commodes with painted faux marble-top, circa the 1800s.      
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Antique 19th Century Gustavian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Red Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of Red Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of Red Gustavian Commodes
  • Pair of Red Gustavian Commodes
H 30 in. W 32 in. D 16 in.
Pair of Italian Rococo Style Hand Painted Commodes, Late 19th Century
Located in Cypress, CA
Pair of antique Italian Rococo style hand painted bombe commodes. Late 19th-early 20th century. The moulded top is centered by a beautifully painted floral bouquet surrounded by ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Rococo Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Bronze

Paint Decorated Hollywood Regency Marble-Top Commodes Manner of M. Jansen, Pair
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of paint decorated Hollywood Regency marble-top bronze mounted commodes. The green painted case with fine bronze mounts having three graduating drawers. The two bronze framed lo...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Louis XV Style Commodes
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of 1950's Louis XV-style Commodes are crafted out of maple wood and have newly painted in a pale gray & off-white color combination with gilt details. The commodes feature ...
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Vintage 1950s French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Louis XV Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XV Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XV Style Commodes
  • Pair of Louis XV Style Commodes
H 31 in. W 35 in. D 15 in.
Pair of Hostetler Custom Faux Painted Marble-Top Commodes or Nightstands
By Hostetler
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Hollywood Regency labeled 'Hostetler' faux painted Louis XV style cabinets or chests. Each having shaped custom quality marble tops over a single paneled door flanked by se...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Louis XV Style Painted Chests of Drawers or Commodes or Nightstands
By Vanguard Studios
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Beautiful pair of painted walnut commodes in the French Louis XV style having shaped stained walnut tops with lamb’s tongue molding and canted carved corners. There is brass aged har...
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Vintage 1980s American Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut

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

Materials

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 of Swedish Neoclassical Breakfront Commodes
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of neoclassical style commodes, Sweden, circa 1910. The shaped tops are painted with a faux marble design and have finely carved dentil trim. The canted corners have applied fol...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Commodes, Nightstands in Decorator Faux Linen Gray Paint Jansen Style
By Maison Jansen
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of faux linen look gray paint and bronze mounted Jansen style marble top commodes, night tables or chests. Stunning and spectacular are the only words to describe this pair of f...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Carrara Marble, Bronze

Pair of Italian Bombe Commodes or Nightstands Parcel Paint and Gilt Decorated
Located in Stamford, CT
A very fine antique pair of bombe commodes or nightstands having a parcel paint and gilt decorated finish. These Italian delights are sure to make any room sparkle. The heavy gilt ov...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Painted Bombe Marble-Top Chests or Commodes by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Stamford, CT
John Widdicomb made in England pair of painted Bombe marble-top chests. Each chest with oak secondaries in the Louis XV Fashion having painted leaf, vine and scroll design on an off-...
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Mid-20th Century Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of 19th Century Louis XV Carved and Painted Bombe Two-Drawer Commodes
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a master suite with this elegant pair of antique painted chests of drawers. Crafted in France, circa 1890, the commodes with bombe front and sides, stand on cabriole legs ov...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Oak

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 Neoclassical Commodes with Hellenic Spinxes
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair of Swedish neoclassical style commodes, circa 1880, with fully round columns at the corners. Dentil molding around the top and vertical reeding on the top drawer front. In the c...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Bentwood

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 Jansen Style Directoire Painted Mirrored & Gilded Commodes Night Stands
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Louis XV style carved cream and gilt frames with mirrored panels and slate tops.
Category

20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Fruitwood

Pair of Italian Fornasetti Style Marble-Topped Commodes
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Pair of midcentury double door marble-topped commodes with hand painted illustrations of Pompeiian ruins in green scale paint. Each commode comes with a key and an interior shelf. M...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

Pair of Painted Chests
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Fabulous pair of painted chest of drawers. Speaks for itself.<br /> <br /> Keywords: commodes, chests, dresser, vanity.
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20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Painted Chests
  • Pair of Painted Chests
  • Pair of Painted Chests
  • Pair of Painted Chests
H 33 in. W 36 in. D 21 in.
Pair of English Regency Style Chinoiserie Design Commodes
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English Regency style green lacquered Chinoiserie design commodes with 2 concave doors and 3 drawers and faux bamboo trim and green marble top.
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Early 20th Century Regency Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Faux Bamboo

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Marble Top Commodes
By Maison Jansen
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern 4-drawer distressed painted marble top commodes, attributed to Maison Jansen.
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble

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

Materials

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.
Pair Swedish Style Distress Painted Three-Drawer Commodes Chests or Nightstands
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Swedish style three-drawer commodes or nightstands each on square tapering legs with brass drawer pulls. Having dental molding style carvings. Lovely tan with pale green dist...
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Vintage 1950s French Provincial Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Pair of Italian Painted Chests
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A stunning pair of Italian chests with painted, faux marble tops. Each chest has two drawers with brass, drop ring pulls. They both have similar paintings depicting cameos in relief-...
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20th Century Italian Other Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Italian Painted Chests
  • Pair of Italian Painted Chests
  • Pair of Italian Painted Chests
  • Pair of Italian Painted Chests
H 32.75 in. W 22.13 in. D 16.5 in.
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Pair Of Painted Commodes For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of pair of painted commodes available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and pine, all pair of painted commodes available were constructed with great care. Find 92 antique and vintage pair of painted commodes at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 2 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. Pair of painted commodes have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Pair of painted commodes are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Louis XV and Hollywood Regency styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Many pair of painted commodes are appealing in their simplicity, but Lawson-Fenning, Baker Furniture Company and E.J. Victor produced popular pair of painted commodes that are worth a look.

How Much are Pair Of Painted Commodes?

Prices for pair of painted commodes start at $1,500 and top out at $195,000 with the average selling for $8,500.

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.