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 Louis XVI style kingwood marquetry vitrine, 19th century, rectangular with a floral marquetry freize, ormolu mounts and a marble top,163 x 70 x 34 cm

A Louis XVI style marble top ormolu mounted kingwood vitrine, 19th century, 148 cm high, 62 cm wide, 39 cm deep

A Louis XV style brass mounted kingwood bombe vitrine, 19th century, with Vernis Martin panels and serpentine glazed doors, 192 cm high, 120 cm wide, 40 cm deep

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

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

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

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

A French kingwood and floral marquetry decorated two door display vitrine. 153 cm high, 86 cm wide, 35 cm deep

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

A French Kingwood display cabinet with ormolu mounts, late 19th early 20th century. 122 cm high, 108 cm wide, 142 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style ormolu mounted kingwood vitrine, early 20th century, the fitted marble top above three bevelled glass doors enclosing two glass shelves and mirrored back, supported on six ormolu mounted feet, 140 cm width x 45 cm depth x 140 cm hi

A Louis XV style kingwood and gilt bronze vitrine, the shaped top with rocaille crest above a pair glazed doors enclosing two shelves bombe shaped base with Vernis Martin panels, raised on slender cabriole legs with gilt bronze sabots

A tall French inlaid vitrine in mixed fine timbers, early 20th century, in kingwood and mahogany with a parquetry frieze, a pair of three quarter glazed doors with cross banding, stringing and rosewood borders, with floral inlay below, a trompe l'oeil cham

A French Louis XV style Kingwood vitrine with floral marquetry decoration, curved doors flanked by curved sides

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted kingwood vitrine with a shaped glazed door and sides, the bombe lower section painted with Vernis Martin style panels, cabriole legs, 94 x 180 x 47 cm.

Fine antique French Louis XVI style inlaid kingwood vitrine, approx 116 cm high x 114 cm wide

Vitrine: French kingwood & rosewood with mirror back interior, electrified for display. Height 248 cm, width 108 cm, depth 47 cm.

A Louis XV style Vernis Martin kingwood vitrine, 20th century, the cross banded glazed vitrine of serpentine and arched form, with a pierced rocaille gilt bronze crest, opening to two glass shelves, with framed vernis Martin panels to the lower section, a

A 19th century French burr walnut bonheur du jour, the glazed central display cabinet section framed by two banks of three serpentine drawers, supported on the writing table base of serpentine form with a single frieze drawer, raised on restrained scroll l

Louis XV French style vitrine display cabinet, 20th century, kingwood finish decorated with ormolu, metal mounts, curved shaped door and side panels, with a Vernis Martin style painted panel, depicting a courting couple. Height 186 cm. Width 82 cm. Depth 4

A French Louis XV style Vernis Martin kingwood vitrine, circa 1880s, with painted panels signed M. Le Brun?, a tapering ogee top with a pierced rococo cartouche above a serpentine shaped body with a glazed door and sides enclosing glass shelves, the lower

A French Louis XVI style kingwood vitrine, the yellow marble top above a marquetry decorated frieze, below a pair a glazed doors with panels of floral marquetry on short tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 150 cm high, 80 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A French Louis XVI style kingwood vitrine, with a moulded top above a glazed door with a parquetry panel flanked by conforming sides on square tapering legs with ormolu feet. 162 cm high, 80 cm wide, 44 cm deep.

A French 19th century kingwood vitrine, with a marble top and moulded cornice, above a glazed door and sides with ebony banding on bun feet. 145 cm high, 95 cm wide, 35 cm deep.

A Louis XIV style Kingwood vitrine, with a single glazed door, the upper two-thirds glazed, the lower third with a decoratively inlaid panel, all embellished with gilt metal mounts, the sides with concave glazed panels above inlaid panels similar to the do

Louis XVI style kingwood veneer vitrine shaped glass door and sides, gilt metal mounts, rouge marble top, lined interior, retains BADA label. Height 141 cm width 68 cm depth 32 cm

A Kingwood china cabinet inlaid with fruitwoods, French, 19th century, approximately 198 cm high, 118 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted kingwood and marquetry vitrine, the ogee moulded top above a shaped glazed panelled door and sides, the lower section with foliate marquetry inlay, raised on cabriole supports, 84 x 165.5 x 39 cm.

A Louis XV style gilt metal mounted painted kingwood vitrine, the shaped cornice above two glazed panelled doors, the bombe lower section painted with Romantic scenes, the whole with foliate cast gilt metal mounts, raised on cabriole supports, 120 x 201 x

A good Louis XVI-style gilt metal-mounted kingwood and mahogany vitrine, latter half 20th century, bow fronted, the moulded top above a single glazed door divided into six bevelled panes flanked by fluted pilasters and curved glazed sides, the lower sectio

A fine transitional style ormolu mounted satinwood and kingwood vitrine late 19th century, the break-front variegated marble top above a reverse-moulded frieze with arched crest, the glazed door flanked by glazed panels and sides enclosing a ruby velvet-li

A kingwood and ormolu mounted glazed display cabinet 19th century, the demi lune top with brass gallery above a glazed door and sides supported on elaborate ormolu mounted goat mask knees with acanthus sabots and further lower shelf 67 cm wide, 35 cm deep,

A transitional style kingwood and Vernis Martin vitrine, French, circa 1900, the inset marble top above a bevelled glazed door enclosing two shelves with glass sides above Vernis Martin panels to the front and sides depicting courting couples, raised on sl

A Louis XVI style kingwood and marquetry vitrine late 19th/early 20th century, the rectangular top above a glazed panelled door and sides, the bombe lower section with a pictorial marquetry cartouche within a geometric surround, the whole with finely cast

A French kingwood vitrine, circa 1880, the marble top above a single glazed door and original glazing to the sides each with a continuous ormolu edge opening to a lined cabinet with two shelves and supported on short cabriole legs with ormolu sabots. Heigh

A French Louis XV style 19th century kingwood vitrine. Bombe outline with a rouge marble top above single glazed door with marquetry and parquetry inlay decoration on short cabriole supports with ormolu sabots

A near pair of late 19th early 20th century ormolu and brass-mounted kingwood, marquetry and parquetry vitrines, each with a spreading top centred by a foliate mount, above a pair of glazed cupboard doors with lower panels inlaid with flowering urns, the i

A French kingwood Louis XV style vitrine with a domed top, below a glazed door and glazed sides on tapering supports with ormolu sabots. Height 169 cm. Length 75 cm. Depth 33 cm

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