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 Sheraton revival mahogany china cabinet, the arched moulded cornice above an astragal glazed door, flanked by glazed sides on tapering legs

A pair of Louis XVI style continental mahogany display cabinets having a pair of panelled doors below and shield glazed door above. Each: 202 cm high, 77 cm wide, 32 cm deep

A mahogany display cabinet, circa 1920s, the Chinese Chippendale inspired breakfront cabinet with extended decorative moulding above a fluted motif to the central section having two glazed doors opening to shelves and a mirror backing, flanked by recessed

A Edwardian mahogany and rosewood inlaid sideboard, early 20th century, with refined Italian Renaissance influence, the tall stepped mirror backed side board with spindles and arched display galleries, bevelled glass side cabinets and a bow front extended

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 mahogany Chinese Chippendale revival display cabinet, early 20th century, with mirror plated back, the open sectional shelves with fretted carved sides and galleries, with shaped base frieze and moulded cabriole leg with lion paw feet, 128 cm width x 35

A late 19th century mahogany fiddle back china cabinet. 189 cm, 142 cm wide, 40 cm deep.

Edwardian mahogany display cabinet with marquetry inlay and glass panel doors, 110 cm wide, 169 cm high

A fine Edwardian mahogany satinwood and fruitwood marquetry display cabinet on stand, with satinwood stringing overall, the triple arched pediment finely inlaid with scroll and foliate emblem, the sides with marquetry assemblage of instilments, the top res

An Edwardian mahogany Sheraton Revival inlaid display cabinet, the short upstanding back with repeating inlaid ribbon swags, fine checker banded inlay to the front with two glazed doors enclosing two fitted shelves, glazed sides, shaped apron to the fine c

A Louis XVI style mahogany display cabinet, mid 20th century, with a shaped cornice and ear form corners supporting fluted three quarter columns, a bevel glazed single door with a lower panelled section, the sides conforming and raised on fluted tapering l

A French mahogany single door vitrine with brass columns and gallery. 161 cm high, 82 cm long, 37 cm depth

A carved mahogany display cabinet, mid 20th century, with an arched top and a carved rocaille crest, the glazed doors embellished with slender carved scrollwork and strapping and opening to an arrangement of glass shelves against sea green moire taffeta li

English mahogany vitrine cabinet, 19th century, handles marked 'Drew & Co Ltd, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London'. Height 220 cm, width 147 cm, depth 64 cm

Louis XV style mahogany and marquetry vitrine, 19th/, 20th century, with brass mounts, enclosing a cream silk damask-lined interior with two shelves, on cabriole legs. Height 133 cm, width 88 cm, depth 40 cm

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

A tall French inlaid vitrine in mixed fine timbers, early 20th century, in kingwood and mahogany with a parquetry frieze, a pair of three quarter glazed doors with cross banding, stringing and rosewood borders, with floral inlay below, a trompe l'oeil cham

A mahogany three door vitrine, the breakfront vitrine with a moulded cornice and a relief carved frieze, three bevel glazed doors with panelled lower sections, above a shaped apron and supported on short cabriole legs with carved knees and scroll feet, wit

Mahogany astragal glazed display cabinet on ogee feet with two drawers to the base

A French two door mahogany vitrine / marble top display cabinet, early 20th century, with two glass shelves and mounted light. Decorated with gilt metal ormolu mounts. Height 142.5 cm. Width 101 cm. Depth 39 cm

A French single door mahogany vitrine / display cabinet, early 20th century. Decorated with gilt metal ormolu mounts. Height 101 cm. Width 47.5 cm. Depth 35 cm

A mahogany Napoleon III display cabinet, late 19th century, having a serpentine profile with a marble top and a pierced brass gallery above glazed doors and sides with quarter circle fluted edges, the interior with four shaped shelves and the whole raised

English glazed mahogany wall display cabinet, 19th century. Height 86 cm, width 63 cm, depth 10 cm.

A matching Edwardian mahogany Sheraton Revival display vitrine cabinet to above, the hinged lid with top glass absent.

Edwardian mahogany vitrine with string inlay 40 cm x 40 cm x 72 cm

An Art Nouveau inlaid mahogany vitrine, designed by Louis Majorelle, French, circa 1905 176 cm high, 85 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A Viennese Secessionist inlaid mahogany display cabinet, Austrian, circa 1910. 190 cm high, 100 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A mahogany Louis XVI style display cabinet, the breakfront cabinet having an extended top with rounded glazed sides, and a central part glazed door opening to a mirror backed interior with three glass shelves and a lower cabinet, raised on fluted toupie fe

Contemporary mahogany veneered four astragal door vitrine. Width 224 cm

Contemporary mahogany veneered four astragal door vitrine. Width 224 cm

Mahogany arch topped two door display cabinet with two doors and two drawers. Width 95 cm

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

A Dutch style bow fronted mahogany display cabinet 202 cm x 115 cm x 56 cm

George III style mahogany bowfront display cabinet with astragal glazed door on splayed bracket feet

English mahogany display cabinet, each approx 140 cm high, 105 cm wide

Antique English mahogany display cabinet, with 2 inside glass shelves and an open shelf at top, 40.5 cm x 40 cm, 134.5 cm high

An Edwardian Sheraton Revival mahogany display vitrine, with two glazed doors with decorative glazing bars and various hand carved foliate motifs, the side panels with similar glazing, the plain architectural cornice, door frames and panels and shaped frie

A superb late 19th century mahogany vitrine, with moulded cornice, above a pair of glazed doors with brass banding, flanked by pilasters and glazed sides on bun feet. 170 cm high, 118 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A fine Edwardian inlaid mahogany and satinwood bowfronted display cabinet with two doors. Height 204 cm. Width 96 cm