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.

Learn about Biedermeier

Biedermeier, Empire and Art Deco have shared roots.

Often misunderstood, Biedermeier is a period 1815-1848 , that squarely sits between war and revolutions. It is a period that is not named after a royal personage, nor a fabulously talented designer or a gifted individual furniture maker. The name was coined AFTER that period passed. The name is made up of two words joined together: Bieder- ( meaning simple)and Meier ( a common German name) . It was first coined in a publication of a cartoon like character "Papa Biedermeier" illustrated in "The Flying Pages" a german periodical newspaper. He was a simple character and was quite oblivious to the world around him , a very decent chap with introspective tendencies, who didn't want to trouble anyone else.

Occupation and Empire

Under the French Imperial occupation by Napoleon's troops in Austria and the, as yet to be united, Germanic states in early 1800's , the French Empire style exerted much influence on architecture and design. However the Empire formality did not sit easy amongst the middles classes nor the farmers or workers . It reminded them of the foreign powers controlling their homelands. more...
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Mid 19th century German Biedermeier mahogany display cabinet of small proportions, hand cut and bevelled glass doors, with fluted mahogany panels below and adjustable shelving. Height 165 cm. Width 87 cm. D 40 cm

A Biedermeier mahogany display cabinet, circa 1850, set with a single glazed door with shaped sides below a scroll and foliate Crown, the base set with a single drawer and standing on square feet. Height 189 cm. Length 85 cm. Depth 43 cm

A Dutch Biedermeier style bombe display cabinet, 20th century, the glazed door with carved foliate banding above a single drawer with rococo brass handles all on cabriole legs with claw feet. Height 200 cm. Width 93 cm. Depth 50 cm

Flame mahogany biedermeier display cabinet (5706/1) with a moulded cavetto pediment, a recessed single glazed door, a fully lined interior, three shelves with stringing to the fronts, a rounded base fitted, a full width drawer and bracket feet

Flame mahogany Biedermeier display cabinet with an arched pediment, pierced and carved floriate decorations, an arched glazed door and two shelves

An Austrian Biedermeier ebonised and satinwood inlaid cabinet, the rectangular top with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed doors with lyre and sunburst pierced decoration, above arched panels enclosing four adjustable shelves, above a single large draw