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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Edwardian mahogany glazed display cabinet, early 20th century in the Sheraton style, with serpentine glass door and two interior shelves, the lower section having a cabriole leg base, with attached stretcher support shelf, height: 177 cm, width 135 cm, dep

An English mahogany counter display cabinet, circa 1845, 80 cm high, 155 cm wide, 63 cm deep

An elegant Edwardian mahogany display cabinet, early 1900s, the Sheraton style cabinet with a low arched timber backboard, a pair of five panel astragal doors flanked by canted side panels of conforming design, a curvaceous apron, undertier, and raised on

A mahogany Trapezoid shaped display cabinet, 20th century, the cabinet with applied faux astragal trellis glazing to full length doors and side panels, with cream moire taffeta lined shelves and backing, raised on a bracket feet. Height 194 cm. Width 136 c

An early 20th century mahogany Chippendale style display cabinet, with astragal glazed doors and fret carving above cupboards and shaped apron and open shelf on pad feet, 150 width x 41.5 depth x 210 cm height

An Edwardian mahogany, glazed door display cabinet early 20th century, with three interior shelves and fabric lining. Height 123 cm. Width 59 cm. Depth 28.5 cm

Large and impressive late 19th century carved mahogany three door display cabinet with retailer’s stamp ‘E Pollard & Co.’, London. Approx 235 cm high, 250 cm wide, 60 cm deep 4,000-6000 Furniture

An Edwardian Art Nouveau mahogany, lead-light, door, display corner cabinet, early 20th century, the interior with two shelves. Height 180 cm. Width 65 cm. Depth 36 cm

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

An Edwardian mahogany secretaire desk / display, cabinet, early 20th century, the left and right side with glass door display cabinets, over lower single drawer and single door cupboard. The centre desk having a fold-down door with tooled leather writing s

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

A Louis XVI style mahogany display case, early 20th century, with a white marble top with ear form corners above three quarter fluted pillars, a single full length part glazed display compartment and cupboard with a mirrored interior and glass shelving, an

A French neoclassical mahogany display cabinet, early 20th century, with an extended cornice above a single glazed cupboard and side panels, with three glazed shelves to the interior, a shaped apron and raised on generous toupie feet, with simple brass str

A finely carved mahogany Chinoiserie display cabinet with gilded detailing, French circa 1880 168 cm high, 100.5 cm wide, 39.5 cm deep

A Sheraton revival China cabinet, mahogany, with astral glaze door flanked by curved panel sides, 188 cm high, 123 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A quality Edwardian large carved mahogany display cabinet, the two glazed doors with decorative period mouldings flanking a fixed central carved panel enclosing three fitted shelves, glazed sides, full square section reeded columns to the front with carved

A mahogany Japanese revival display cabinet, attributed to Gabriel Viardot, French, circa 1880, 166 cm high, 84 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A small Edwardian mahogany display cabinet, circa 1900, the elegant Sheraton Revival cabinet having an ogee and flat topped gallery above a three panel astragal glazed door with velvet lined display shelves, raised on tapering square form legs, with string

An antique Louis XV style mahogany vitrine, later 19th century, the marble top demi-lune vitrine with shaped sides, having a pierced brass gallery above a single door and glazed sides opening to a velvet lined interior with three display shelves raised on

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