Learn about Court Cupboard

The object from which the term 'cupboard' derives literally, a cup board. A freestanding open side table, used during the 16th and 17th centuries, containing shelves for the display of silver or pewter plate. Also used to serve food in dining halls. However the term court cupboard has now evolved to mean a cupboard containing sections enclosed by doors. They were usually made of oak, with turned and carved supports. Many versions were made during the Jacobean revival in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The word 'court' in this sense means 'short'. In Australia, present usage of the term is to describe a European imported double heightened cupboard, in which the upper section is often glazed, with a full depth serving surface, and cupboards below.
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An impressive continental 19th century ornately carved court cupboard having cupboards below with carved lion head mounts and above carved panelled huntsmen doors. 235 cm high, 202 cm wide, 81 cm deep.

An oak court cupboard, Northern European, early 19th century, with applied panels and fine carving throughout, 176 cm high, 140 cm wide, 55 cm deep. Provenance: Property of a Gentleman, Melbourne

A mid 19th century oak court cupboard having two cupboard doors above an open console. Height 210 cm, width 200 cm, depth 60 cm

18th century oak court cupboard, of good proportions. The upper section with panelled cupboards, the lower section with two drawers above panelled cupboards. Height 175 cm width 114 cm

An Elizabethan revival oak court cupboard, circa 1880, made from an earlier coffer and elements. Exhibited Art, Antique & Historical Exhibition, Hobart City Hall, 1931.

An antique Louis XIII style walnut court cupboard, 19th century, the cabinet with an architectural pediment and a relief carved cornice above amorini carved doors and a central niche, cupid and cornucopia side supports to an extended lower section with pan

17th century oak court cupboard the top cupboard enclosed by two geometric panel doors, barley twist uprights, two frieze drawers, cupboard below enclosed by raised panel doors on stile feet

Gothic style oak court cupboard with 2 drawers, 3 doors and carved panels, 127 cm wide, 40 cm deep, 135 cm high

A late 17th century early 18th century carved oak and inlaid court cupboard having a single drawer and cupboards below. 142 cm high, 135 cm wide, 57 cm deep.

Arts & crafts court cupboard, approx 165 cm high, 92 cm wide, 46 cm deep

Antique English oak court cupboard, approx 145 cm high, 122 cm wide

An English Elizabethan style oak court cupboard comprising of two cupboards below a recessed pair of cupboards with carved figural pillars and turned and carved supports. Height 1440. Width 1230. Depth 55 cm

A late 19th century walnut court cupboard, with shaped pediment above a mirror flanked by shelves, white marble top above two frieze drawers below a pair of carved panel doors

A 19th century Henry II style walnut court cupboard, the arched carved pediment above three panel doors below an open shelf, the lower section with carved frieze drawers and carved panel doors flanked by carved pilasters. Height 270 cm. Width 150 cm. Depth

An oak court cupboard, 17th century 144 x 58 cm

Antique carved oak court cupboard, fitted with a single door & drawer below, 184 cm high, 84 cm wide, 63 cm depth

A 19th century oak court cupboard with central door over two cupboards, carved bulbous cup and cover supports and all over carved decoration

An early 18th century oak court cupboard with bold inlays and a central panel monogrammed Wew and dated 1727

An Elizabethan oak court cupboard, with carved cornice, a carved panel door flanked by doors and melon turned pillars, the lower section with melon turned pillars open shelf on block feet

A French carved walnut 19th century court cupboard with arched pediment, fine carved embellishment of dancers and musicians, the lower section with frieze shaped drawers below a pair of carved panel doors.

Elaborate French walnut court cupboard with a prominent carved and pierced crest, a stepped pediment, carved decorations, a central bevel glazed cabinet. two smaller cabinets with carved panels, turned and fluted columns, a further lower cabinet, two half

French walnut court cupboard with carved cornice, a central door carved with figures flanked by doors carved with foliate on caryatid supports, the base with three frieze drawers and three carved panel doors

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