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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Gothic style Victorian mahogany wall mounted display cabinet, 99 cm high, 87 cm wide, 26 cm deep

Antique French Gothic carved walnut two door display cabinet, marble top fitted with two drawers, approx 122 cm high, 129 cm wide

An antique French mahogany display cabinet, late 19th century, having a rounded and arched backboard above two glazed doors with gothic arch and panelled astragal glazing opening to internal shelving, upon a free standing extended base with two cockbeaded

An Australian cedar display cabinet in the gothic revival manner, circa 1840, the moulded cornice above a pair of astragal glazed doors enclosing five shelves flanked by triform half columns, above a long ogee fronted drawer and a plinth base;. Width 120 c

Gothic style rosewood display cabinet with a rectangular top, large turned, bulbous shaped finials, a two door glazed cabinet with interlacing arched panels, three adjustable shelves, slender carved panels to the sides and a solid base