Chests Of Drawers

Chests can be 2 ft (61 cm) to 3 ft 9 in (114 cm) wide and up to 4 ft 6 in (137 cm) high with a fairly standard depth of around 18 in (45 cm). Tall narrow chests or those composed of two separate carcasses are usually known as tallboys. Chests can be placed on plinths or stump legs 4 in (10 cm) to 5 in (12 cm) high, or on stools up to about 10 in (25 cm) to 12 in (30 cm) high; the latter is more convenient for drawers in constant use. All these measurements are the generally accepted standard and in no sense obligatory.

Seeking alternatives to applied handles can in itself provide a strong design element, as can be seen in many examples of modern design.

Designed by Philip Hussey for White & Newton Ltd in 1977, these honest, functional chests (Figures 455 and 456) in cherry veneers and solids have all their drawers the same depth for convenience and economy in mass-production, in contrast to the graduated drawers produced by individual craftsmen. Note, however, the careful grain selection on the drawer fronts and the generous solid wood edgings and plinths. Sadly, White and Newton and their quality modern furniture were forced out of business in 1984.

452 Frameless mirrors

453 Bow-fronted chest of drawers in makore with inlays of ebony and sycamore. Designed by Edward Barnsley CBE. Barnsley workshops

Wood Storage Box With Drawers

455 Chest of five drawers in American cherry finish, introduced Feb. 1977

454 Chest of four drawers in solid afrormosia. Designed by George R. Ingham Des. RCA. (By Courtesy of Pedley Woodwork Ltd)

456 Chestof six drawers in American cherry finish, introduced Feb. 1977

457 Christopher Faulkner: this simple but well- 458 Detail of chest in 457

proportioned ash chest is considerably enhanced by the clever detail of the finger recesses

457 Christopher Faulkner: this simple but well- 458 Detail of chest in 457

proportioned ash chest is considerably enhanced by the clever detail of the finger recesses

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