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 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 walnut veneer vitrine in the Louis XV manner, the vitrine with an arched crest and a serpentine profile, with glazed sides and a shaped door opening to a mirror backed interior and glass shelves, a book end burr walnut feature panel to the lower door, wi

An English walnut veneer display cabinet, circa 1930, with retailer's cartouche for Harrison Gibson, Ilford England. The two door cabinet with shaped ogee shoulders and an arched splash back, the doors with shaped panel astragal glazing, and raised on shor

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

Extremely stylish 1940s burr walnut veneer Art Deco china cabinet/sideboard two sliding glass doors to a centre display cabinet. 95 cm high, 153 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A glazed Louis XV style walnut display cabinet, late 19th century, with a fine arched panelled pediment and a pierced rocaille crest above a shaped glazed single door and a concealed drawer to the apron, with quarter veneer panelling to the sides, feather

A bronze mounted walnut display cabinet and canterbury in the style of Gabriel Viardot, French circa 1890. 160 cm high, 50 cm wide, 34 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 Dutch walnut glazed display cabinet. Late 19th century. The lower section has two drawers, over two door cupboard with carved ball and claw feet. The upper has two astraugal glazed doors with carved embellishments, three interior shelves and carved shell

A walnut and mixed timber display cabinet with Louis XV Styling, the rectangular breakfront cabinet with canted edges, having a mottled marble top above a parquetry decorated frieze drawer, a panel glazed door opening to a mirrored interior with glass shel

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

An French Art Deco walnut and crossbanded vitrine. 130 cm high, 57 cm long, 40 cm deep

A late 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry astragal glazed vitrine, with an arched cornice above a glazed panel door and canted glazed sides, with two serpentine fronted doors, square baluster supports and cross-stretchers, 134.5 x 210 x 26 cm Provenan

A French Empire style mahogany and walnut vitrine, circa 1930s, with a slightly extended top above a parquetry frieze with a chequerboard trim, two part glazed doors below with feather banding and decorative trims, similarly embellished to the sides, a sha

Antique walnut glazed single door pier cabinet, string inlaid, fitted with gilt metal mounts

Antique walnut pier cabinet, inlaid decoration, fitted with gilt metal mounts

A French Art Deco walnut vitrine, with a marble top, a glazed door flanked by sides, floral marquetry decoration, on bulbous legs. 169 cm high, 105 cm wide, 40 cm deep

An Italian walnut and marquetry decorated pier cabinet. The rouge marble top above a marquetry decorated door, with fine ormolu mounts. 111 cm high, 107 cm wide, 44 cm deep

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

A walnut display cabinet in the Louis XV style, circa 1880, having an arched and moulded crest with a carved foliate and rococo style crest above a glazed door with three internal shelves above a full width drawer with a carved escutcheon, a carved shaped

A walnut vitrine with Renaissance Styling, circa 1950, the large rectangular cabinet with an extended cornice above a dentil border and a floral and loop frieze, a large single glazed door and glazed sides opening to a mirrored interior with glass shelves,

Fine antique English walnut two height display cabinet, the two section glazed top with a two door recessed panelled base, fitted with a pair of turned tapering columns with carved acanthus capitals, all fitted with egg an dart moulding, approx 195 cm high

A Chippendale style walnut glazed display cabinet with 2 lower drawers

Display Cabinet: Breakfront 4 door with bevelled glass & burr walnut panel doors. Late 20th century. Height 169 cm, width 145 cm, depth 37 cm

Vintage English walnut double domed top display cabinet, fitted with three drawers, standing on turned legs joined by shaped stretchers, approx 220 cm high, 118 cm wide

A French walnut vitrine with a rouge, marble top, above a glazed door flanked by box-wood stringing and glazed sides, terminating in turned, tapering legs. 173 cm high, 75 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A French walnut vitrine, with a marble top, above a glazed door flanked by glazed sides and ormolu corbels

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

Fine Antique French Louis XV style carved walnut single door vitrine, approx 150 cm high, 72 cm wide x 40 cm deep

Antique French walnut glazed vitrine, with brass banded decoration, approx 195 cm high, 111 cm wide

Good French walnut display cabinet with cross banding and ormolu, glazed door and sides, 4 shelves, 114 cm wide, 34.5 cm deep, 145 cm high

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

Vintage French inlaid walnut tray top vitrine, standing on square tapering legs, approx 79 cm high, 65 cm wide, 43 cm deep

Antique French Louis XVI style walnut single door vitrine, approx 152 cm high

Vintage Walnut veneer china cabinet, with curved glass panels & cabriole legs, 76.5 cm wide, 1113 cm high approx

Tall walnut and ormolu vitrine. Inlaid oak leaf frieze to pediment; urns of flowers to lower sections of each door, ormolu ram's head mounts. Adjustable internal shelving. Height 200 cm. Width 96 cm. Depth 34 cm

A fine ormolu mounted figured walnut marble top display cabinet, English, circa 1880, 112 cm high, 200 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A small walnut display cabinet, English, circa 1880, 95 cm high, 55 cm wide, 37 cm, deep

Impressive Dutch walnut bombe shaped display cabinet, fitted with three drawers below, 221 cm high

Antique French carved walnut wall mount display cabinet, approx 98 cm high, 65 cm wide

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