What We Love About: Bombe Chests
Distinct with their delightfully curvy shape, these exquisite accent pieces originated in 1700’s Parisian design. With a plump, bulging shape they gain their name for the French term for bomb. Bombe chests are also referred to as bombay chests, though this alternate name can lead to confusion as it is not in reference to the city of Bombay, India now known as Mumbai.
The stately shape is elegant and enticing, making it a popular addition to homes with traditional decor. As an accent in the foyer or entryway, these pieces were originally festooned with scrolling handles, gold leaf, and carved embellishments. Offering roomy top and storage drawers, today you can find bombe chests in styles from classic to contemporary. These graceful pieces have made their way to living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms creating captivating looks and practical functionality.
Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, here are a few of our favorite looks.
Capture the charm of yester-year with pieces featuring hand painted detail or time worn finishes.
Exquisite styling can range from romantic, exaggerated shapes to just a hint at curves.
Shop the look: Belle Noir Teal Chest, Nicolette White Desk and Hutch
A fresh take on bombe styling captivates contemporary sensibilities with cleaner shapes, fewer carved details and streamlined hardware.