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.
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.
A fine walnut Henri II style court cupboard, late 19th to early 20th century, with an arched broken pediment above a cupboard profusely carved with cornucopia and fish and flanked by open galleried compartments, the lower section with a plate rack, carved
A Henri II walnut court cupboard, late 19th century, with an arched central section and a profusely carved cupboard with birds and foliate forms in high relief flanked by two carved side cupboards, the lower section with a plate rack, comical figure suppor
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
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 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
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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