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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An Deco leadlight drinks cabinet, 122 x 33 x 116 cm

An Edwardian Art Nouveau mahogany, lead-light, door, display corner cabinet, early 20th century, the interior with two shelves. Height 180 cm. Width 65 cm. Depth 36 cm

An Edwardian Art Nouveau mahogany, lead-light, door, display cabinet, early 20th century, the top back and front panels decorated with inlay, veneer work, the interior with two shelves. Height 167 cm. Width 107 cm. Depth 37.5 cm

Vintage leadlight drinks cabinet 119 cm wide, 137 cm high

A classic Art Deco circular leadlight and walnut display cabinet, the two demi-lune leadlight doors in a restrained leaf design enclosing a mirrored back and fitted glass shelves, rounded plinth base. 102 cm x 29 cm x 131 cm

A fine French gilt bronze mounted and ivory inlaid vitrine cabinet, by Gabriel Viardot, Paris, circa 1880, signed, 180 cm high, 92 cm wide, 44 cm deep, Reference, For a similar example see Sotheby's, 19th and 20th century Furniture and Decorations, Belle E

Vintage oak leadlight two door bookcase/display cabinet, approx 110 cm high, 114 cm long

Victorian mahogany china cabinet with leadlight doors with inlay

Vintage oak leadlight china cabinet with drawer and barley spiral twist supports, 97 cm wide, 41 cm deep, 164 cm high

A late Victorian copper and leadlight display cabinet, of square form with a floral decorated leadlight dome supported on fluted pilasters surmounted by patera;. Width 81 cm. Depth 81 cm. Height 130 cm;. Provenance: This cabinet was originally one of a pai

An Edwardian leadlight inlaid mahogany display cabinet on cabriole legs

An Edwardian Sheraton style, leadlight china cabinet with inlaid marquetry flower motifs, a circular bevelled mirror, extensive inlaid stringing and a convex door, the interior silk lined