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 French Louis XV style walnut and banded single door marble top vitrine, 152 cm high, 65 cm wide, 32 cm deep

Antique French walnut single door display cabinet, approx 126 cm high, 75 cm wide, 38 cm deep

Antique ormolu and walnut display cabinet, with 'Japanned' finish, 106 cm wide, 35 cm deep, 105.5 cm high

Victorian walnut display cabinet, with barley spiral twist columns, 1 shelf missing, 58 cm wide, 27 cm deep, 89.5 cm high

19th century walnut inlaid china cabinet with mirror top, 107 cm wide, 36 cm deep 180 cm high

A Louis XVI style glazed walnut display case, 19th century, 250 cm high, 122 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A Sheraton style satinwood inlaid and cross-banded walnut display cabinet, 19th century, 184 cms high, 177 cm wide, 49 cm deep

A large antique walnut display cabinet, 19th century, with a broken arched pediment with an urn finial above an extended cornice with volutes to a pair of doors with arched glazing and fielded panels, flanked by ionic fluted columns, turned and carved to t

An elegant burr walnut display cabinet, circa: 1930, having a flecked white marble top above a part glazed door and sides, the lower door with an inlaid festoon, two glass shelves and a cupboard to the interior, reeded edges, restrained parquetry border tr

Console display cabinet. French Louis XVI style, late 19th century, single glazed door cabinet, walnut & fruitwood inlay

A small late Victorian walnut veneer display or music cabinet, late 19th century, the pier style cabinet with a finely figured extended top above a single glazed door opening to a gold velvet lined interior with two shelves, raised on a plinth base and dec

A Chinoiserie and Art Deco Inspired display cabinet, later 20th century, in ebonised and walnut style timbers the four door two tier cabinet with a waisted cornice in the oriental manner above a bevel glazed section framed in two toned timber and with dist

A small walnut Edwardian display cabinet on case, circa 1900, an elegant pagoda arched three quarter bevel glazed cabinet with an architectural pediment with relief carved vegetal, shell and paterae motifs above a central door opening to two glass shelves,

Victorian walnut & marquetry pier cabinet with ormolu border and mounts on box base

A French walnut upright single door vitrine with brass gallery. 151 cm high, 84 cm wide, 37 cm deep.

A Victorian walnut and ormolu mounted pier cabinet, with satinwood inlay, the glazed door enclosing two shelves, 80 width x 34 depth x 104 cm height

A Victorian walnut display 'Pier' cabinet, ebony stringing and fine crossbanding, the single glazed door enclosing two adjustable shelves, restrained ormolu mounts, the platform base with shaped apron. 76 x 30.5 x 107 cm

French style walnut display cabinet, with ormolu mounts, 59 cm wide, 35 cm deep, 159 cm high

A good quality Victorian period burr walnut three stage whatnot, with glazed music cabinet in base, classical inlay and boxwood stringing, gilt metal top rail, turned column supports and short turned legs with original brown china casters. 61 x 40 x 122

Victorian walnut and marquetry pier cabinet enclosed by two glazed door with ormolu mounts

An antique French style small table top vitrine, burr walnut with fancy ormolu mounts, serpentine form, shaped glass panel front and sides, door to the back, raised on scrolling ormolu legs. 30 x 18 x 60.5 cm

A Victorian walnut breakfront display credenza, three rectangular glazed panelled doors, ebonised border detail, decorative ormolu mounts, plinth base. 76 cm x 35.5 cm x 105 cm

Antique walnut pier cabinet, fitted with bronze mounts, arched glazed door, ebonized sides and banded front, approx 107 cm high, 65 cm wide, 32 cm deep

A superb quality walnut jewellery vitrine. Height 52 cm, width 42 cm, depth 42 cm

A Victorian walnut pier cabinet. Second half 19th century, the cabinet with an extended top to a slightly shaped cornice above a glazed door opening to a shelved interior and supported upon an extended plinth base, ornately decorated with marquetry floral

A Victorian walnut pier cabinet. Second half 19th century, the cabinet with an extended top to a concave cornice with inlaid satinwood tendril motifs above a glazed door opening to a velvet lined and shelved interior and supported upon an extended plinth b

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

An English walnut veneer display cabinet, circa 1930, with retailer's cartouche for Harrison Gibson, Ilford England. The two door cabinet with shaped ogee shoulders and an arched splash back, the doors with shaped panel astragal glazing, and raised on shor

A superb Victorian walnut ormolu mounted pier cabinet. 112 cm high,85 cm wide,45 cm deep.

Extremely stylish 1940s burr walnut veneer Art Deco china cabinet/sideboard two sliding glass doors to a centre display cabinet. 95 cm high, 153 cm wide, 57 cm deep

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 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 Victorian figured walnut display cabinet, rectangular form, the top with wide flared border, the two doors with glazed oval panels, crossbanded, bracket feet to the platform base, ormolu mounts including scrolling highlights to the doors and borders to t

A Dutch walnut glazed display cabinet. Late 19th century. The lower section has two drawers, over two door cupboard with carved ball and claw feet. The upper has two astraugal glazed doors with carved embellishments, three interior shelves and carved shell

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

A small Victorian burr walnut display sideboard, later 19th century, of undulating semi circular form with a central drawer and a two door glazed display cabinet below flanked by curvaceous open display shelving supported by fluted, carved and knopped pill

An French Art Deco walnut and crossbanded vitrine. 130 cm high, 57 cm long, 40 cm deep

A late 19th century Dutch walnut and marquetry astragal glazed vitrine, with an arched cornice above a glazed panel door and canted glazed sides, with two serpentine fronted doors, square baluster supports and cross-stretchers, 134.5 x 210 x 26 cm Provenan

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

Antique walnut glazed single door pier cabinet, string inlaid, fitted with gilt metal mounts

Antique walnut pier cabinet, inlaid decoration, fitted with gilt metal mounts