What is A Bombe Chest? What To Consider Before Buying One

What is A Bombe Chest?

When it comes to chests, there are several different types that stand out in the crowd; Bombe chest is definitely one of those chests that will catch your attention the second you pass by them!

what is a bombe chest

What is a bombe chest? The Bombe chest is a set of drawers that bulges outward in the front and on the sides; their defining aspect is their curves as they bulge outward in the front and on the sides and then they curve in at the base.

What are the origins of this piece of furniture?

The origin of the first bombe chest can be traced back to the Regence period in France (between 1715-1723 A.D.). At this period, people got tired of the strict rules of Louis XIV which focused on sharp, classical designs, and weren’t big on creativity and wild styles.

Having gotten out of the creativity “oppression” people started to orient towards more artistic, light-hearted, wild tastes and they began looking for inspiration in the mythological themes. That’s how they came up with the idea of creating bombe chests: chests in unusual curvy shape.

In fact, many furniture pieces in this area became more bowed and round, not just chests. Besides this, bombe chests were also unique because they got to be decorated with extravagantly hand-painted decorations (which included dragons, shells, flowers, and other shapes).

Where does the name Bombe chest come from?

As one may assume, the name comes from the French language, more precisely it comes from the French word bombé, which means “curved”; it perfectly sums up the design of the Bombe chest.


What to consider when buying your Bombe chest?

Today, you will find many pieces that come in modern style or in the style of the 17oo’s traditional Bombe chest. They typically are made of hardwood, with wooden or marble top and have interesting decorations and the curved signature design.

They come in different sizes, shapes and can have different finishes: from varnished wood, distressed wood to painted; their design, as we mentioned, can include different motives, and one of the most popular ones is the bombe chest in the chinoiserie style – bombe chests designed with lacquer and Chinese motifs.

When you are searching for them, be careful not only with the materials but also with your spelling. Many people confuse the bombe chests with Bombay furniture so their search takes a completely different turn.

Bombay furniture refers to a furnishing style created in Bombay India; so if you look for Bombay’s chests instead of bombe chests, you will get a completely different search as you will end up looking at furniture made in Bombay, and not bombe chests. Spelling matters here, so be careful!

 How to insert it in your interior and decorate your bombe chest?

Bombe chests turn up the volume and bring the sassy, feminine, classy, unique vibe to any room. You can use them pretty much everywhere; they go really well with traditional styles, especially next to their friends-from-the-same-period the wing-back chairs, and the curved-frame sofas.

That being said, they can also take the spotlight and be the main centerpiece in a classical, modern living room, giving it more eclectic vibes.

Typically, besides the living room, bombe chests are also used in dining rooms, bedrooms, and halls.

They can be decorated with framed pictures, lamps, a few books or aromatic candles, or other decorative items and you can even hang a mirror/picture above them, on the wall, completing the look.

What is Pulaski Furniture?

If you spend enough time searching for bombe chests you will come across the Pulaski name. That’s because this furniture company is well known for selling accent furniture including bombe-shaped chests.

One of the better examples you will find is the Pulaski Words of Encouragement Hand Painted Bombay Chest in Antique White that you can see in the image below however be warned these chests are in the $400-$500 price range…

Pulaski Words of Encouragement Hand Painted Bombay Chest, Antique White
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Different Types of Bombe Chests

There is a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles to choose from including…

  • Antique
  • Black Lacquer
  • Brown
  • Carved Cherry
  • Chinoiserie
  • Cherry Wood
  • Chateau
  • Dutch
  • Distressed
  • Entryway
  • French Style
  • French Country
  • Faux
  • Foyer
  • Green
  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Hand Painted
  • Italian painted
  • Ivory
  • Large
  • Louis
  • Lacquered
  • Marble Top
  • Mahogany
  • Mirrored
  • Modern
  • Metal Base
  • Navy Blue
  • Nightstand
  • Oriental
  • Oak
  • Reproduction
  • Red
  • Rustic
  • Replica
  • Small
  • Silver Leaf
  • Shabby Chic
  • Solid Wood
  • Tall
  • Turquoise
  • Traditional
  • Teal
  • Two Drawer
  • Unfinished
  • Vanity
  • White
  • Wicker
  • Walnut
  • Yellow
  • Zebra Print

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