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( Above Photo: Georgian Chest On Chest Mahogany Period Furniture )
The Georgian chest-on-chest is a unique piece of furniture that provides massive storage space due to the inclusion of many drawers. It is composed of two detachable chests, with one sitting on top of the other.
This type of furniture emerged during the second half of the 18th century after the invention of the chest of drawers. Its basic design features a lower chest with three drawers and an upper chest with three drawers. However, there are variations in which the upper section has four to five drawers.
Here are some of the things that stand out about the Georgian chest-on-chest:
( Above Photo: Period Georgian Side Cabinet Mahogany Antiques )
The Georgian chest of drawers has the same basic style. In most cases, the base part has three full-width drawers. On top of the base is a pull-out shelf that serves as a writing top. It served as the surface for writing letters and other correspondence in the early days.
In the upper section, the furniture piece has three additional full-width drawers. While the basic design of the Georgian chest-on-chest ends there, there are instances when there are two, three, or five additional drawers.
The base section sits on four bracket feet, designed to carry the weight of the chest and its contents. At the top, the base is wider to accommodate the top portion, which is a little narrower.
( Above Photo: Georgian Oak Corner Cabinet - Farmhouse Bookcase Circa 1820 )
Mahogany was the main wood for making the Georgian chest-on-chest, even though other woods like walnut, rosewood, and ebony were used for marquetry cross-branding. Besides the wood, the chests featured ornate brass handles.
( Above Photo: Georgian Cabinet Bookcase Walnut Antique )
During the 18th century, there were no furniture-making machines or factories. Therefore, furniture designers and artisans mainly used traditional hand joinery techniques. Every detail on the chests, including the carvings and embellishments, was handmade.
The Georgian chest-on-chest looks more like a functional furniture piece than the one you can use to style your home. It has many drawers for storing most of your items. This massive storage space makes it desirable virtually everywhere within your home.
Here are some of the ways you can use the Georgian chest-on-chest to style your home:
Do you want to give your living room a countryside feel? Adding a Georgian chest-on-chest infuses a warm brown color that complements most of your interior décor. It contrasts with white-painted furniture and walls, making your living room feel warm.
Do you have trouble getting ways to store most of your kitchen items? With a single chest-on-chest, you will have enough space to store smaller utensils and pieces of cutlery. Besides, the chest of drawers can give your kitchen a farmhouse look.
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