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.
An Edwardian Art Nouveau mahogany, lead-light, door, display cabinet, early 20th century, the top back and front panels decorated with inlay, veneer work, the interior with two shelves. Height 167 cm. Width 107 cm. Depth 37.5 cm
A classic Art Deco circular leadlight and walnut display cabinet, the two demi-lune leadlight doors in a restrained leaf design enclosing a mirrored back and fitted glass shelves, rounded plinth base. 102 cm x 29 cm x 131 cm
A fine French gilt bronze mounted and ivory inlaid vitrine cabinet, by Gabriel Viardot, Paris, circa 1880, signed, 180 cm high, 92 cm wide, 44 cm deep, Reference, For a similar example see Sotheby's, 19th and 20th century Furniture and Decorations, Belle E
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
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