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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A Louis XV style brass mounted kingwood bombe vitrine, 19th century, with Vernis Martin panels and serpentine glazed doors, 192 cm high, 120 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A French giltwood Vernis Martin vitrine, first half 20th century, the demi-lune vitrine in muted gold tones having a part gilt bronze gallery above a glazed door and side panels opening to two glass shelves and a mirrored back, with painted trailing foliag

Fine vintage French vitrine, with brass banded trim, bronze mounts, glass shelves, approx 155 cm high, 71 cm wide, 36 cm deep

A glazed vitrine, French 19th century, with fine ormolu mounts throughout, 120 cm high, 100 cm wide, 42 cm deep

A French walnut upright single door vitrine with brass gallery. 151 cm high, 84 cm wide, 37 cm deep.

A French Napolean III bronze mounted and marble topped vitrine, in the manner of Paul Sormani, in kingwood, the frieze with bronze mounts and oval central 'Classical' plaque to the apron, enclosing two glass shelves

Dresdner Barock vitrine. Ormolu decoration to exterior. Upper glassed section with one shelf backed by mirror (as inspected - crack to bottom and mirror surface dull). Lower section with two doors. Ormolu mounted legs. Key available. Height 152 cm width 62

Antique English Sheraton style inlaid vitrine, 212 cm high, 110 cm wide, 36 cm D

A late 19th century French vitrine with floral marquetry and glazed sides on tapering legs with under shelf, 170 cm high, 104 cm wide.

A French kingwood vitrine, circa 1870. the vitrine of serpentine profile having a recessed concave pediment above a shaped glass door and side panels, with original fabric covered shelving within, vernis Martin panels of Watteau-esque romantic couples in l

Louis XVI style parquetry and ormolu mounted vitrine, late 19th/20th early century, with a single bevelled glass door enclosing three glass shelves, with mirrored back, height 179 cm width 72 cm depth 40 cm

French style gilt gesso marble topped vitrine, interior light, approx. 131 cm high, 59 cm wide, 41 cm deep

French kingwood vitrine, with bow fronted glazed door enclosing three shelves. The front panel painted with a courting couple raised on tapering legs. The whole embellished with ormolu mounts. Height 1,70 cm. Provenance: Bryan Jackson collection of music b

French vitrine, with glazed panelled doors, the lower section painted with a gentleman serenading a lady in a forest glade flanked by painted panels, raised on tapering legs with gilt brass mounts. Height 143 cm. Provenance: Bryan Jackson collection of mus

An early/mid 20th century French style Kingwood vitrine, tall narrow serpentine form with shaped glass panelled door with painted panel below depicted with courting couple, conforming side panels, the three shelf interior with plush gold velvet lining, fan

A 20th century French Kingwood large vitrine, serpentine form, the serpentine glazed panelled front door with painted lower panel of a courting couple, glazed corners, serpentine framed side panels, fancy gilt metal mounts, three shelf interior. 108 x 50 x

A French kingwood and floral marquetry decorated two door display vitrine. 153 cm high, 86 cm wide, 35 cm deep

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

An inlaid rosewood vitrine in the Louis XV manner, late 19th century, of demi-lune serpentine profile, having a mottled rouge and white marble top, cross and feather banding, floral baskets and blooms in coloured timbers inlaid to the lower panels, with a

A 19th century French kingwood display vitrine, the serpentine single glazed door flanking the bow glazed side panels, all with marquetry inlay and decorative ormolu mounts, raised on short scroll legs. 80 cm x 46 cm x 169 cm

A quality late19th/early 20th century French kingwood vitrine, the serpentine shaped top with shaped glazed side panels and front door, the domed top with glazed and ormolu domed section surmounted by a young child, the base of bombe form with single friez

An early/mid-20th century French kingwood and ormolu vitrine, serpentine glazed side panels and front door, the bombe form base painted with classical figures and landscape scenes, internal mirrored back with two glass fitted shelves, decorative ormolu mou

Antique French inlaid rosewood serpentine front vitrine, fitted with bonze mounts

Antique French Louis XVI style vitrine, with floral marquetry inlaid panel to the door, marble top, approx 163 cm high, 70 cm wide, 36 cm deep

Vintage French Louis XVI style marble topped single door vitrine with two drawers below, approx 120 cm high

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 superb quality walnut jewellery vitrine. Height 52 cm, width 42 cm, depth 42 cm

Vintage French glazed single door marble topped vitrine, bronze mounts, approx 150 cm high, 80 cm wide, 40 cm deep

Vintage French parquetry marble topped vitrine, approx 150 cm high, 70 cm wide, 40 cm deep

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