A French word for a display cabinet, from the French 'vitre', or glass, and usually applied to a display cabinet of French origin. They were introduced in a modest way in 18th century France and became popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some vitrines have a mirrored back allowing viewing of both the back and front of the objects displayed. They are often embellished with ormolu mounts and painted or lacquered panels, and the style was copid in England in the late 19th century when the Louis XV style was in vogue.
A particularly fine Napoleon III ebonised and Boulle vitrine, the frieze with brass inlay and ormolu banding, below a pair of glazed doors flanked by ormolu corbels, 152 cm high, 85 cm wide, 35 cm deep
An exceptional bronze display vitrine, this display vitrine was one of twelve ordered by Tiffany & Co. of New York; due to the 1929 Stock Market crash they took delivery of only eight vitrines, the remaining four were purchased by Partridge Jewellers for t
A French giltwood Vernis Martin vitrine, first half 20th century, the demi-lune vitrine in muted gold tones having a part gilt bronze gallery above a glazed door and side panels opening to two glass shelves and a mirrored back, with painted trailing foliag
A French Napolean III bronze mounted and marble topped vitrine, in the manner of Paul Sormani, in kingwood, the frieze with bronze mounts and oval central 'Classical' plaque to the apron, enclosing two glass shelves
Dresdner Barock vitrine. Ormolu decoration to exterior. Upper glassed section with one shelf backed by mirror (as inspected - crack to bottom and mirror surface dull). Lower section with two doors. Ormolu mounted legs. Key available. Height 152 cm width 62
A French kingwood vitrine, circa 1870. the vitrine of serpentine profile having a recessed concave pediment above a shaped glass door and side panels, with original fabric covered shelving within, vernis Martin panels of Watteau-esque romantic couples in l
Louis XVI style parquetry and ormolu mounted vitrine, late 19th/20th early century, with a single bevelled glass door enclosing three glass shelves, with mirrored back, height 179 cm width 72 cm depth 40 cm
French kingwood vitrine, with bow fronted glazed door enclosing three shelves. The front panel painted with a courting couple raised on tapering legs. The whole embellished with ormolu mounts. Height 1,70 cm. Provenance: Bryan Jackson collection of music b
French vitrine, with glazed panelled doors, the lower section painted with a gentleman serenading a lady in a forest glade flanked by painted panels, raised on tapering legs with gilt brass mounts. Height 143 cm. Provenance: Bryan Jackson collection of mus
An early/mid 20th century French style Kingwood vitrine, tall narrow serpentine form with shaped glass panelled door with painted panel below depicted with courting couple, conforming side panels, the three shelf interior with plush gold velvet lining, fan
A 20th century French Kingwood large vitrine, serpentine form, the serpentine glazed panelled front door with painted lower panel of a courting couple, glazed corners, serpentine framed side panels, fancy gilt metal mounts, three shelf interior. 108 x 50 x
An inlaid rosewood vitrine in the Louis XV manner, late 19th century, of demi-lune serpentine profile, having a mottled rouge and white marble top, cross and feather banding, floral baskets and blooms in coloured timbers inlaid to the lower panels, with a
A 19th century French kingwood display vitrine, the serpentine single glazed door flanking the bow glazed side panels, all with marquetry inlay and decorative ormolu mounts, raised on short scroll legs. 80 cm x 46 cm x 169 cm
A quality late19th/early 20th century French kingwood vitrine, the serpentine shaped top with shaped glazed side panels and front door, the domed top with glazed and ormolu domed section surmounted by a young child, the base of bombe form with single friez
An early/mid-20th century French kingwood and ormolu vitrine, serpentine glazed side panels and front door, the bombe form base painted with classical figures and landscape scenes, internal mirrored back with two glass fitted shelves, decorative ormolu mou
An antique Louis XV style mahogany vitrine, later 19th century, the marble top demi-lune vitrine with shaped sides, having a pierced brass gallery above a single door and glazed sides opening to a velvet lined interior with three display shelves raised on
A miniature Louis XVI style vitrine, later 19th century, with an alabaster top above a stepped cornice, a glazed door opening to velvet lined shelves, well decorated throughout with brass rosettes, pendant motifs and trims and upon a spreading base with an
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