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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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 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

An oak Louis XV style display cabinet on stand, with a gadroon embellished cornice and a lavish central carved crest above a shallow mirror backed side opening display case with three glazed shelves, adjoining a broad decorated cavetto to an extended base

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 Louis XIV style ebonised and red Boullework pier cabinet. Second half 19th century. The black marble top with canted corners above a brass and faux red tortoiseshell foliate embellished frieze and two similarly decorated panelled cupboards, raised on a s

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 French Kingwood display cabinet with ormolu mounts, late 19th early 20th century. 122 cm high, 108 cm wide, 142 cm deep

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 glazed Louis XV style walnut display cabinet, late 19th century, with a fine arched panelled pediment and a pierced rocaille crest above a shaped glazed single door and a concealed drawer to the apron, with quarter veneer panelling to the sides, feather

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

A bronze mounted walnut display cabinet and canterbury in the style of Gabriel Viardot, French circa 1890. 160 cm high, 50 cm wide, 34 cm deep

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

A Louis XV style fruitwood display cabinet, mid 20th century, with an extended cornice above two shaped glazed doors and side panels, with channel carved decoration, having curved sides, long hinges, a shaped apron and raised on cabriole legs, glass shelve

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 Louis XV style marble topped Tulipwood pier cabinet, having an exaggerated serpentine profile with ear form three quarter pillars, a mottled beige marble top above a frieze drawer and a single cupboard richly adorned with trompe l'oeil inlay style decora

A walnut and mixed timber display cabinet with Louis XV Styling, the rectangular breakfront cabinet with canted edges, having a mottled marble top above a parquetry decorated frieze drawer, a panel glazed door opening to a mirrored interior with glass shel

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 late 19th century ebonised French Boulle pier cabinet with decorative cut brass inlaid in red tortoiseshell panels framing the single glazed door, with matching inlay to the shaped front sides, the shaped cornice and base with decorative ormolu mounts, s

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

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

Pair of Napoleon III ebonised and brass inlaid pier glass cabinets, 19th century, with marble top and gilt metal mounts (2). Height 106 cm, width 85 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 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

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

Louis XV style display cabinet with curved glass sides and storage compartment at bottom, 115 cm wide, 45 cm deep, 189 cm high

A cherry wood Louis XV style display cabinet, mid 20th century, the cabinet with a shaped top above glazed sides and a partly glazed shaped door panelled to the lower section and opening to a mirror backed interior with glass shelves and a lower cupboard;

A mahogany Napoleon III display cabinet, late 19th century, having a serpentine profile with a marble top and a pierced brass gallery above glazed doors and sides with quarter circle fluted edges, the interior with four shaped shelves and the whole raised

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

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

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