Commodes + Chests of Drawers

Are you looking for a bold statement piece for your collection? Nicholas Wells Antiques Ltd supply the finest one of a kind 18th – 20th century commodes and cabinet furniture. Few other pieces have such presence than an antique commode or chest of drawers. They are incredibly versatile and can be used in every room of the house.


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Our one of a kind collection of characterful antique commodes and chests of drawers is mainly concentrated in the 18th century with a few later exceptions from the 19th and 20th centuries. Sourced from established private collections throughout England and Europe, we aspire to offer the very best antique furniture in London.

We have rare English chests of drawers in Walnut and Mahogany from the reign of Queen Anne, George I, II & III. Early 18th century French walnut has a wonderful mellow colour that takes a sumptuous hand waxed surface, it is both warm and rich.

Mahogany dominated much of the later 18th century, giving way to the exotic timbers of the Indian subcontinent and beyond in the last years the 18th century. This is reflected in our collection from pieces circa 1730 – 80. Thomas Chippendale led the fashion for commodes and cabinet furniture of exquisite designs and outstanding construction. To this day, almost 300 years on you will be able to close a drawer with a single finger, the only resistance being the air that’s forced out.

Meanwhile on the Continent, a celebration of the most fabulous exotic timbers, gilt bronze mounts and exquisite rare marbles from across Europe, Asia and Africa were building the archive of the Louis XIV – XVI styles that we covert today. Veneered, Lacquer, Marquetry and parquetry commodes and cabinets were made by the finest makers, many of which bear their stamps.

The finest materials sourced and shipped across the world for thousands of miles to the workshops of Paris & London with little more than horse & cart, sail ships and canals. Rare marbles cut by hand with a rope.  It is easy to forget in the age of everything, that these pieces were crafted by the most skilled of craftsmen with no mechanical assistance beyond the flow of water mill, the wind and perseverance.

Nicholas Wells Antiques Proudly offer some of the very finest antique chest of drawers and commodes, selected for the their rarity, condition, quality and decorative merit for your interior design schemes.

Contact us to arrange to view our antique furniture in central London.