Learn about Whatnot

A set of standing shelves for holding books, ornaments and whatever. The French term for this form is étagère. Georgian and Regency whatnots were usually square in form, with three or more shelves supported by finely turned spindles. There was generally a small drawer at the bottom. Some examples of red cedar whatnots have survived from colonial times. Victorian whatnots, which are rather more common, were intended to stand in a corner. Usually triangular, they have staged or graduated shelves, supported by spindles and often with a fretwork gallery at the back of each shelf. They were often made in burr walnut, sometimes inlaid. Bamboo whatnots date from the late 19th century. Usually the finials have a threaded wooden screw which fits into the matching threaded hole in column, so the units can be disassembled. Often at least one of the threads have worn, and to overcome this, the finials and columns have been glued.
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A Victorian rosewood whatnot/canterbury, with two open shelves raised on fretwork sides above a galleried canterbury base and with a drawer in the plinth, supported on turned legs terminating in white porcelain casters. 61 x 40.5 x 125 cm

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A Victorian inlaid walnut whatnot, later 19th century, with a three quarter fretwork gallery, twin pierced brackets and turned supports to a lower section with a glass top above a single drawer, raised on mushroom shaped feet with porcelain casters, height

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An Edwardian four tier walnut corner whatnot, early 20th century, the tiers of graduating shape with boxwood and ebony inlay, having turned and spiral carved twist supports with finials, height 147 cm

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A Victorian two tier burr walnut whatnot, 19th century, of serpentine shape with an arched fretwork rear gallery, turned and relief carved supports with finials, delicate arabesque inlay and stringing, raised on toupie feet, height 59 cm, width 77 cm, dept

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An Edwardian three tier walnut corner whatnot, early 20th century, the shaped tiers with boxwood and ebony inlay, a fretwork gallery to the upper tier, turned and spiral twist supports and finials upon turned ball feet, height 110 cm

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A Victorian inlaid walnut whatnot, the three shelves of serpentine fronted form, turned supports, fretwork top gallery, white painted faux inlay. Height 1015

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A Victorian three-tier marquetry what-not, c. 1890, in excellent original condition, 99 x 56 x 28 cm

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A late Victorian walnut veneer four-tier what-not, 126 x 43 x 43 cm

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A Victorian burr walnut whatnot with parquetry detail, 19th century, a fine three shelf whatnot with a three quarter fret gallery with finials, spiral carved and turned supports to a lower drawer and raised on bun and blade toupie feet with petite brass ca

A Victorian walnut whatnot, three tier each with pierced gallery and turned supports. Height 113 cm. Width 103 cm. Depth 24 cm.

A rosewood three tier whatnot, English, 19th century, 116 cm high, 61 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A corner whatnot, burr walnut with marquetry inlay, circa 1870, 129 cm high, 60 cm wide, 40 cm deep

A large Victorian burr walnut barley twist whatnot, 19th century, the two tier whatnot of generous form with a pierced three quarter gallery, finials, bold barley twist supports, and raised on toupie feet with petite brass casters. Height 116 cm. Width 56

A fine Sheraton Revival burr walnut whatnot canterbury, late 19th century, the canterbury with a book end veneer top and a three quarter pierced gallery, with slender turned supports to a partitioned pierced lower section and a full width drawer, raised on

A Sheraton Revival walnut whatnot, circa 1900, the four tier whatnot of typical cascading form with fretwork, twist and turned supports and raised on toupie feet, well embellished with Sheraton urns and arabesque forms in ebony and satinwood inlay to each

Victorian walnut whatnot with marquetry inlay shelves and fretwork mirrored top, 55 cm wide, 115 cm high

Early marquetry whatnot stand. 4 levels, turned columns. Height 136 cm Depth 30 cm (max to base)

Antique floral marquetry inlaid demi lune shape whatnot, 134 cm high, 62 cm wide, 29 cm D

A unusually tall cedar whatnot, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 241 cm high, 107 cm wide, 28 cm deep

A Victorian walnut canterbury whatnot, circa 1860s. The well figured book end veneer top with stringing, Sheraton style floral inlay and finials, with turned supports to a tri-partitioned lower section above an inlaid single drawer, and raised on turned to

A Victorian burr walnut shape front three tier whatnot. 110 cm high, 121 cm wide, 39.5 cm deep

A Victorian burr walnut whatnot-canterbury, with conventional canterbury base with single frieze drawer in superstructure of a single shelf raised upon fretwork supports and with fretwork gallery to the sides and back. 58 cm x 37 cm x 89 cm

A Victorian cedar corner whatnot, second half 19th century, the five tier whatnot with shaped shelves of typical graduating waterfall form with a pierced shaped gallery, and bobbin style supports with finials. Height 138 cm. Width 61 cm. Depth 39 cm.

Victorian four tier inlaid mahogany whatnot height 150 cm approx

Rosewood 4 tier what not, with turned supports, 51.5 cm wide, 36 cm deep, 104 cm high

Victorian rosewood 4 tier whatnot, with barley spiral twist supports and fretwork gallery to top, 67 cm wide, 116.5 cm high

A George IV mahogany four tier what-not, circa 1825 with spindle turned supports and turned finials, drawer to base, 128 cm high, 58.5 cm wide, 42.5 cm deep

A Victorian walnut corner whatnot. Later 19th century, of four tier graduating form with turned and spiral carved supports, finials and fretwork, each shelf inlaid with ebony and satinwood in the Sheraton manner, raised on ball and squashed bun feet. Heigh

A Victorian walnut three tier whatnot with fine fretwork panels. 94 cm high, 92 cm wide, 39 cm deep.

A Victorian burr walnut whatnot canterbury, mid 19th century, the shaped tiered whatnot of typical form with spindles, finials, ribbon twist supports and fretwork embellishments, the lower tier with pierced compartments above an apron drawer and raised on

Antique French two tiered whatnot, with applied brass carry handles, approx 83 cm high, 65 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Vintage three tier whatnot with marquetry inlaid shelves supported by turned columns, 51.5 cm x 36 cm, 75.5 cm high approx.

Antique corner whatnot, approx 111 cm high, 41 cm wide, 37 cm deep

A superb Victorian walnut and satinwood inlaid whatnot. 149 cm high, 90 cm long, 25 cm deep

An Australian Colonial cedar five-tier whatnot with rectangular shelves and shaped supports. Width 43 cm

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