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.
An inlaid rosewood and gilded bronze etagere, later 19th century. The delightful etagere with a shaped quarter veneer top trimmed with a pierced gallery with a reserved floral spray in blonde timbers, turned and fluted ebonised supports to a conforming und
A French Louis XVI style etagere, of crossbanded walnut inlaid with satinwood florals; configured as two tiers of oblong shape with serpentine outline, one smaller above one larger, raised on slender cabriole legs with gilt metal mounts. 71 cm x 49 cm x 88
A Victorian walnut kidney shape etagere, the upper tier with a cast brass gallery raised upon four turned and carved columns from a conforming base with a shaped drawer in the apron, the back section with a panel of fretwork design; raised on short turned
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.
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