Cabinet making is an art and this is no better reflected than in the wonderful antique cabinets available to purchase. There are a delightful number of antique cabinets to choose from, including display cabinets, bedside cabinets, filing cabinets, table cabinets, bookcase cabinets, corner cabinets, music cabinets, cocktail cabinets, wine cabinets and office cabinets, as well as hanging wall cabinets.
Antique cabinets tend to be glass fronted with internal shelves and drawers. A good space saving item of furniture for any home is that of the antique corner cabinet. Antique cabinets are a variable item of antique furniture with lots of styles and designs from different periods to choose from.
The earliest type of cabinets were designed to store papers and valuables and were used as a surface to write on before the bureau evolved. Cabinets were the result of the realization that drawers at the front of a chest may be more practical than access through the top, and that raising the chests height also meant you did not have the inconvenience of having to bend down to access the drawers.
Early cabinets tend to have been mounted upon a stand, these types of cabinets came into existence in the late 16th C and early 17th C and were likely to be an item of furniture possessed only by the wealthy, often imported from Europe; namely Italy and Germany.
Cabinet making was a result of very good craftsmanship and the cabinet-maker was highly regarded in the field of woodwork due to the skills involved, such as inlaying, marquetry, veneering and carving. During the Industrial period there was mass production of cabinets due to the growth in the demand from the middle classes, but the Arts and Crafts movement in the middle of the 19th C increased the want for traditional cabinet making. Sheraton, Hepplewhite and Chippendale are all notable cabinet-makers of their time.
The practice of displaying wares began in the earlier part of the 18th C when the wealthy would showcase their porcelain and books. During the 19th C it became desirable to display ornaments and objects, and stand-alone glazed display cabinets were made. Often designed upon cabinets made in the 18th C by Chippendale and Sheraton, these designer influences produced Chippendale style display cabinets that tended to have intricate carvings, whereas Sheraton’s designs were more delicate.
A nice antique cabinet is the Georgian display cabinet, which is normally crafted from walnut, whereas Victorian display cabinets tended to be made from mahogany. Some antique display cabinets may have mirrored backs and interior lighting; it is also possible to pick up specialist antique display cabinets, such as gun and trophy cabinets.
French and Victorian cabinets tend to be taller pieces and look nice against a plain wall. Art Nouveau cabinets are more innovative, their shape more elaborate with ornate carvings. For an antique cabinet with straighter lines an Art Deco cabinet is a nice choice, these have geometric designs and are often highly polished, they tend to be shorter in height than earlier cabinets.
Other notable antique cabinets are Chinese and Japanese lacquer cabinets, these are highly sought after. Side cabinets and chiffoniers tend to be of greater value, they are slightly more expensive due to their useful size, they are both elegant and simple.
Cabinets made from rosewood, or with features such as original lattice grille doors and brass inlay are also of value. An attractive choice is a pair of cabinets to flank a fireplace or set against a wall in a hallway; wherever you choose to place your antique cabinet in the home it will double up as both a useful and practical piece to keep an array of items, and as a thing of beauty.
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A fine Georgian mahogany tray top bedside cabinet. The cabinet with a rare concave front, a oval panel below a sliding tambour door. The commode is ...
An Antique English bamboo 18 drawer specimen chest.
The inside of each drawer is metal.
The front is later lacquer work.
A beautifully made pair of original Art Deco period bedside cabinets in walnut, these date from the 1930’s. They are wonderful quality and have very useful proportions. We have had ...
French Tambour roller shutter, filing cabinet.
Classic early 20th century cabinet in oak.
An original French Tambour dating early 20th Century featuring panelled sides and solid oak construction. Incredibly practical, yet stylish, ...
Vintage Florentine Side or End Tables
A gorgeous pair of vintage Florentine gilt tables circa 1950’s with decorative detail typical of this classic furniture. Featuring open space storage, carved detail with ...
Pair of Round French Oak Parquetry Bedside Cabinets with single drawer to the front with cupboard space below.
Antique French Pair Of Mahogany Cabinets Bedside Tables Nightstands
A quality pair of Petite Mahogany bedside cabinets. Featuring white marble tops, brass galleried tops, petite drawers with pretty decorative knobs, brass ...
We have secured a small number of differing sized pigeon holes reclaimed from Albion St Works a watchmakers in the Jewellery quarter of Birmingham. These which were workshop made in ...
Here we have an Oriental Rosewood glazed shaped display cabinet
· Attractive hexagonal design
· 2 glazed doors opening to glass shelving
· 2 panel cupboard doors to base opening to enclosed ...
This one found in a Lancashire workshop possesses a wonderful aged glow in the paintwork. The cabinet with its label “Compactum“ is from around the 1940s and is of a ...
This is a charming oak Arts & crafts wall cabinet with dentil moulding detail to the top with embossed panel and spindle supports below, carved panelled doors opening to shelved ...
A good quality early 20th Century Ipswich oak drinks cabinet, the two door cupboard with carved panels above a pull out brushing slide, with two drawers below, carved pillars either ...
Edwardian antique mahogany display or music cabinet with glazed door, single draw above and shelf below sitting on long cabriole legs.
If you would like any more information on this piece ...
19th Century Ceylonese ebony and amboyna cabinet, with an amboyna top border lined with ebony, below with two doors with brass grills opening to reveal a single shelf inside, the ...
This superb and highly decorative 19th Century satinwood serpentine fronted 4 door side cabinet features a series of inlaid designs and decoration with cross banded borders around the doors and ...
This mid 19th Century Biedermeier flame mahogany 2 door cabinet features bevelled glass front and side panels with 2 adjustable shelves. The interior is lined in a sea foam green ...
This magnificent Regency period faux rosewood side cabinet features twin brass grill doors lined with pale green pleated silk flanked by open cupboards with two adjustable shelves. The cabinet has ...
This outstanding and unusual Scottish rosewood and teak display cabinet has a lovely and detailed pierced design with Art Nouveau Carved decoration. The cabinet has 3 adjustable glass shelves with ...
The cabinets stand on square legs supporting the main section. There is one door with one panel with a lovely metal drop handle. Behind the door there is a shelf ...
The cabinets stand on square back legs and round turned front bun feet supporting the main section. There is one tall door with one panel with a round turned wooden ...
The cabinets stand on square back legs and round turned front bun feet supporting the main section. There is one wide door with one panel with a metal drop handle. ...
The cabinets stand on square back legs and round front bun feet supporting the main section. There is one wide door with one panel with a round turned wooden knob. ...
The cabinets stand on square legs supporting the main section. There is one wide door with one panel with a round turned wooden knob. Behind the door there is a ...
A slim old pine bedside pot cupboard with a small drawer above a cupboard with a single shelf. Recently stripped of its original paint, exposing a very clean and tidy ...
This lovely Georgian corner cabinet is constructed from solid oak and dates from the second half of the 18th Century. It has a single central door, which opens to reveal ...
Superb Regency Mahogany Cabinet with lovely figured mahogany to the upstand, top, ogee shaped drawer front, panelled doors and ends. Decorative hand turned bead mouldings to the upstand shelf and ...
This lovely shaped burr walnut sideboard / drinks cabinet has a lovely burr walnut top with crossbanded edge. Having four shaped doors with lovely burr and crossbanded edge. All supported ...
An excellent 19th Century Victorian period inlaid burr walnut music cabinet. Very well made in solid walnut with stunning burr walnut veneers. Decorated throughout with fine inlaid detailing in ...
This quality bow fronted Edwardian flamed mahogany antique cupboard / music cabinet has a gadrooned carved moulded edge above a blind fretwork frieze and the most spectacular bow front door ...
This quality antique music cabinet has two figured tops with fine fretwork carvings and decoratively turned carved columns. Below is a glazed door with one shelf and key with ...
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