A French term, denoting a set of either wall-hanging, free-standing or corner shelves, designed for display of treasured objects. The term is also used to describe a small table with several tiers. They were made in many styles and are sometimes miror-backed rather than open. The equivalent English item is the whatnot.
A French Galleried and tiered etagere in fine timbers, circa 1890, kidney shaped and finely embellished with rosewood, kingwood and satinwood in a fan shaped foliate inlay to both tiers on ebonized, reeded and turned tapering legs. Height 78 cm. Width 46 c
A mid Victorian burr walnut canterbury/etagere, circa 1870, with a scroll and foliate pierced gallery and conforming vasiform side supports, the lower section with turned and horizontal dividers over a concave base drawer and upon small capped legs and bra
A French Louis XVI style walnut and gilt etagere. Two tier, each with a scalloped edge, with raised gilt water lilies and swallow in relief and curved carved supports. 82 cm high, 71 cm wide, 53 cm deep.
A French 19th century Napoleon III ebonised and boulle three-tier etagere the top tier with ormolu gallery above two conforming lower tiers on four sabre-curved supports with ormolu sabots. Height 78 cm. Width 38 cm.
Victorian ebonised gilt metal mounted etagere, c.1880 the circular drop in lid is inlaid with a panel of an exotic birds in flight, having twin button handles enclosing a tin lined interior, leading to a full pierced gallery top, and a deep apron inlaid wi
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