Learn about Display Cabinets

The late 17th century passion for collecting Chinese porcelain and the later European porcelain, (a passion that has not abated), led to the design of various forms of cabinets for displaying the collection. There are various forms, and collectors can find pieces in the Sheraton, Queen Anne and Rococo revival manner dating from the Edwardian and later Victorian periods. Glazed china cabinets or bookcases were frequently made in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. The half-round lead lighted china cabinets popular in the 1920s and 1930s, are not all as common as they used to be. Collectors should be careful of 'china cabinets' that have made up by a conversion from a bookcase, armoire or wardrobe.

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A Victorian walnut and ormolu mounted pier cabinet, with satinwood inlay, the glazed door enclosing two shelves, 80 width x 34 depth x 104 cm height

An early Victorian rosewood pier cabinet, of narrow proportions, with lion mask and ring handles above two glazed doors flanked by acanthus moulded and fluted sides, 107 width x 34 depth x 93 cm height

A Victorian walnut display 'Pier' cabinet, ebony stringing and fine crossbanding, the single glazed door enclosing two adjustable shelves, restrained ormolu mounts, the platform base with shaped apron. 76 x 30.5 x 107 cm

A Victorian mahogany two glazed door hanging display cabinet, 93 cm high, 73 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A good quality Victorian period burr walnut three stage whatnot, with glazed music cabinet in base, classical inlay and boxwood stringing, gilt metal top rail, turned column supports and short turned legs with original brown china casters. 61 x 40 x 122

Victorian walnut and marquetry pier cabinet enclosed by two glazed door with ormolu mounts

A Victorian walnut pier cabinet. Second half 19th century, the cabinet with an extended top to a slightly shaped cornice above a glazed door opening to a shelved interior and supported upon an extended plinth base, ornately decorated with marquetry floral

A Victorian walnut pier cabinet. Second half 19th century, the cabinet with an extended top to a concave cornice with inlaid satinwood tendril motifs above a glazed door opening to a velvet lined and shelved interior and supported upon an extended plinth b

A Victorian Sheraton Revival mahogany display cabinet, circa 1900. The cabinet having a serpentine profile with a central glazed door and two side panels with quarter veneer panels below and raised on tapering square form legs with spade feet, decorated th

A superb Victorian walnut ormolu mounted pier cabinet. 112 cm high,85 cm wide,45 cm deep.

A Victorian figured walnut display cabinet, rectangular form, the top with wide flared border, the two doors with glazed oval panels, crossbanded, bracket feet to the platform base, ormolu mounts including scrolling highlights to the doors and borders to t

A small Victorian burr walnut display sideboard, later 19th century, of undulating semi circular form with a central drawer and a two door glazed display cabinet below flanked by curvaceous open display shelving supported by fluted, carved and knopped pill

A fine Victorian burr walnut pier cabinet, rectangular form, the frieze with floral marquetry above marquetry decorated door. 110 cm high, 86 cm wide, 37 cm deep

Victorian rosewood display cabinet. Pierced gallery top with storage cupboard under. Ex. Sydney Observatory c.1880s. Height 107 cm. Width 57 cm. Depth 40 cm

Gothic style Victorian mahogany wall mounted display cabinet, 99 cm high, 87 cm wide, 26 cm deep

Victorian mahogany display cabinet 120 cm wide, 36 cm deep, 130 cm high approx.

A Victorian walnut inlaid pier cabinet, the exterior with inlaid floral decoration and brass ormolu corbels, the glazed door opens to reveal a velvet lined interior, on plinth base. 77 cm x 32 cm x 106 cm

A late Victorian Miles & ray mahogany display cabinet, circa 1890s. Darkly stained with an ornate shaped multi panelled mirrorback with a pierced foliate crest and various shaped ledges and spindle supports above two drawers with arabesque patterns and gil

A good Victorian burr walnut pier cabinet, the moulded edge, above a frieze with ormolu banding, below a glazed door with roundels, flanked by pilasters. 106 cm high, 86 cm wide, 37 cm deep.

A Victorian ebonized pier cabinet, the cabinet, ebonized with moulded edge, the frieze with ormolu banding and Sevres style panels, above a glazed door.

Victorian mahogany china cabinet with leadlight doors with inlay

Inlaid display cabinet, Victorian walnut with brass ormolu decoration

A late Victorian mahogany vitrine, with a pair of astragal glazed door flanked by bobbin turned pilasters, the lower section with a pair of panel doors on bobbin turned legs. 150 cm high, 73 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A Victorian walnut mirrored back display cabinet, circa 1890, the double broken swan neck pediment above a central mirror flanked by scroll topped mirrors, the lower section fitted with single drawer and double glazed doors flanked by open compartments all

A good Victorian walnut and marquetry vitrine table, in the French taste the rectangular hinged top with glazed panel and marquetry border enclosing a lined interior above an inlaid frieze raised on octagonal tapered and inlaid legs terminating in brass ca

Victorian burr walnut display cabinet with inlaid satinwood & ormolu mounts

A Victorian mahogany display cabinet, the plain cornice and frieze above a pair of astragale glazed doors enclosing three glass shelves, with glazed sides, above a pair of short drawers, a shaped apron and splayed feet. Width 118 cm x. Depth 45 cm x. Heigh

A late Victorian copper and leadlight display cabinet, of square form with a floral decorated leadlight dome supported on fluted pilasters surmounted by patera;. Width 81 cm. Depth 81 cm. Height 130 cm;. Provenance: This cabinet was originally one of a pai

A Victorian walnut pier cabinet with a pair of glazed doors flanked by corbels supported on a plinth. 92 cm. X 29 cm. X 84 cm

A Victorian walnut and inlaid pier cabinet with ormolu mounts. Width 81 cm. Depth 32 cm. Height 98 cm

A Victorian pine corner display cabinet, circa 19th century, the dentil moulded architectural cornice over a fluted frieze supported by two faux corinthian columns flanking an open 'Shell' arched display with three shaped shelves on a base cabinet with two

A Victorian ebonised and gilt metal mounted display cabinet English, circa 1870 107 x 78x 33 cm

A Victorian figured walnut pier cabinet, with marquetry decorated frieze with a glazed door flanked by ormolu corbels supported on a plinth

A Victorian burr walnut and inlaid pier cabinet of rectangular form, the frieze with arabesque marquetry, with a glazed door on bun feet

Victorian walnut and floral marquetry decorated display cabinet with a floral marquetry decorated frieze, a pair of glazed doors and ormolu corbels

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