Learn about Vitrine

A French word for a display cabinet, from the French 'vitre', or glass, and usually applied to a display cabinet of French origin. They were introduced in a modest way in 18th century France and became popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some vitrines have a mirrored back allowing viewing of both the back and front of the objects displayed. They are often embellished with ormolu mounts and painted or lacquered panels, and the style was copid in England in the late 19th century when the Louis XV style was in vogue.

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Antique kidney shaped display cabinet / vitrine / briolette, approx 75 cm high, 72 cm wide

A miniature Louis XVI style vitrine, later 19th century, with an alabaster top above a stepped cornice, a glazed door opening to velvet lined shelves, well decorated throughout with brass rosettes, pendant motifs and trims and upon a spreading base with an

A superb Sheraton Revival corner vitrine with bow glass doors, 135 cm high. 60 cm wide, 43 cm deep

A small fully glazed vitrine on cabriole legs, 55 cm high. 40 cm wide, 47 cm deep

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

A Louis XV style rosewood Vernis Martin vitrine, 19th century. The vitrine of serpentine form having an arched crest with pierced and cast embellishments, shaped glazed doors and sides framed with feather banding, painted panels with bucolic scenes in autu

A French style Vernis Martin vitrine. in the Louis XV manner and having a serpentine profile with an arched crest and a gilt bronze Rocaille crest above a glazed door and sides, with glass shelving to the fabric lined interior, vernis Martin decorative pan

A late 19th century carved teak vitrine, designed by Lockwood de Forest II (1850-1932), made in Ahmedabad, India, assembled in New York, 167.5 x 81.4 x 30.8 cm. Provenance: From the collection of Lockwood de Forest II (1850-1932) and by descent to the curr

A fine rosewood Louis XV style Vernis Martin vitrine, late 19th century, of arching form with a curvaceous profile, the glazed door having a shaped panel painted with a romantic Boucher style couple, landscape vignettes to the sides, a shaped apron and cab

A satin wood veneered painted vitrine with applied decorative swags, French, late 19th century. 61 cm wide, 32 cm deep, 160 cm high

A French Louis XVI style ormolu mounted kingwood vitrine, early 20th century, the fitted marble top above three bevelled glass doors enclosing two glass shelves and mirrored back, supported on six ormolu mounted feet, 140 cm width x 45 cm depth x 140 cm hi

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

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

A Louis XV style rosewood late 19th century vitrine, with an inversed cornice banded with ormolu, above a serpentine shaped glazed door flanked by curved glazed sides above floral marquetry, supported on small cabriole legs with ormolu sabots 165 cm high,

A Louis XV style kingwood and gilt bronze vitrine, the shaped top with rocaille crest above a pair glazed doors enclosing two shelves bombe shaped base with Vernis Martin panels, raised on slender cabriole legs with gilt bronze sabots

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 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

A French tulipwood and gilt bronze vitrine, circa 1930, with a pierced gallery above a concave frieze drawer, a pair of double shield glazed doors opening to a single internal shelf, canted corners and quarter veneer panelling to the sides, the apron with

A French provincial oak vitrine, late 19th century, with an extended top above a half glazed panelled cupboard door set within a deeply channelled frame, the lower timber section a mirror image of the upper, with curved edges, panelled sides, a shaped apro

A French oak vitrine, circa 1930, the vitrine with a shaped top, a single door with shaped glazing to the upper section and panelled and relief carved with flowers and a shell motif to the lower, the sides conforming, with two internal glass shelves and a

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

French vitrine with painted panels below, approx 158 cm high, 109 cm wide, 31.5 cm deep

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 19th century ebonised French Boulle display vitrine, with decorative cut brass inlaid in red tortoiseshell panels, framing the single glazed door, beneath a similarly decorated cornice further embellished with cast brass mounts. 89 cm x 36 cm x 112 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 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

A French Louis XV style Kingwood vitrine with floral marquetry decoration, curved doors flanked by curved sides

Marble topped vitrine with gilt metal mounts and decorative inlays, approx 139 cm high, 67 cm wide, 33 cm deep

French Louis XVI style oak vitrine, glazed single door with carved panel below, approx 200 cm high, 100 cm wide, 45 cm deep

An Art Deco birdseye veneered vitrine with undulating, moulded side doors, centred by a bevelled glazed door, beneath a shaped and stepped pediment, plinth base, 179 x 201 x 47 cm

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,

Contemporary mahogany veneered four astragal door vitrine. Width 224 cm

Contemporary mahogany veneered four astragal door vitrine. Width 224 cm

Modern vitrine with three bowfronted panel doors. Width 152 cm

French style vitrine, glass shelves, approx 182 cm high, 66 cm wide, 43 cm deep