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 fabulous walnut Art Deco cocktail cabinet with cloud burst top. The top of the central section opens to reveal a mirrored interior with dedicated spaces for glasses and cocktail ...
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A fantastic and great quality pair of matching bedside cabinets with removable shelves. Wax finished with a wonderful old pine ...
Large edwardian inlaid mahogany bow front display cabinet,having a shaped cornice and a inlaid frieze, two doors and a glazed bow fronted centre with satinwood inlay,the base with two doors ...
Here we have an Arts and crafts antique single door pot cupboard.
Here we have an Antique Victorian inlaid pier cabinet
· Having highly detailed inlay
· Brass stinging and brackets
· Glazed door with working lock and key
These are a pair of Victorian antique flame mahogany pedestal bedside cabinets.
These are a very attractive pair, they have a bow fronted shape, the panelled doors each enclose 2 sliding ...
This is a free standing corner cupboard
Made out of mahogany wood
One brush and slide
Ornate brass work
Corniche with hand turned Rosettes
Does not have a ...
Fine 18th Century antique walnut Dutch marquetry cabinet with a shaped top lovely carving to the centre, shaped walnut marquetry inlaid door opening to reveal 2 fitted shelves and shaped ...
This is an early 19th Century Regency antique mahogany two door table cabinet which is decorated with half round bobbin turned mouldings to the top and bottom edges and doors.
A fine quality walnut and amboyna 19th century cabinet in the manner of Collinson & Lock. The two part cabinet with two central carved door cupboard to the base, shelved ...
This is an outstanding 19th Century antique Kingwood vitrine cabinet. Gilt ormolu mounts and decoration throughout. Original mottled marble top. Canted sides with brass inlay. Mirrored back and glass shelves ...
A truly exceptional exhibition quality French ebonised and marquetry inlaid side cabinet attributed to Joseph Cremer. The floral marquetry on this cabinet is of outstanding quality. The panels are made ...
This is a lovely 19th Century Victorian antique mahogany side cabinet in great showroom condition. A single cupboard door opens to reveal 4 interior removable shelves. This cabinet boasts a ...
Unusual late Georgian small proportioned mahogany cabinet / cupboard with ovolo mouldings to the fielded panelled doors & the interior fitted with drawers & dividers. Original turned feet & original ...
A slim and narrow mahogany cabinet. This is a fine quality piece with astragal glazing on the top section. It has been french-polished and rich mahogany colour. A useful piece ...
A satinwood bedside cabinet dating to the Edwardian period, with inlay decoration this is an impressive piece with a shaped front. There is an interior shelf and this stands on ...
Offered for sale is this pair of mahogany bedside tables. Solid mahogany having raised gallery tops. It has a single door with brass handle. It stands on square chamfered legs.
Good Scottish George III figured mahogany bow fronted corner cabinet with cross grain moulded cornice and base mould. Doors fitted with brass 'H' hinges. The interior with three fixed bow ...
A mahogany music cabinet from the Edwardian period with a very strong Roccoco influence to it's styling. Sat on cabriole legs below six drawers all with decorative mouldings which compliment ...
Decorative Cadburys Chocolates Shop Display Cabinet which has two internal removable shelves, rear sliding doors and reverse hand painted lettering done at a later date.
19th Century mahogany cabinet of nice proportions, having a mirror back and shelf supported by turned columns, the shelf decorated with a gallery running along the back and sides, the ...
A good quality early 20th Century concave mahogany cabinet, the crossbanded shaped top above two oak lined drawers with brass ring handles, two cupboard doors below with brass grills opening ...
This is an absolutely stunning French 19th Century (made around 1860) antique ebonised bookcase with intricate brass inlay and ornate ormolu mounts.
The brass inlay is beautiful with floral patterns to ...
French marble top bedside cabinet. Antique French bedside, painted finish, solid marble insert to the top, small drawer with single pot cupboard below lined with original marble on cabriole legs.
This is a 19th Century Georgian antique stationary cabinet which has flame mahogany panelled doors. It has a working lock and screw key when you turn it and the column ...
A pair of fine mahogany filing cabinet, from the London and North Eastern Railway
These are good Quality Shelved Filing Cabinets with sliding doors. This is an interesting pair there are ...
Most attractive early 19th century Dutch mahogany bedside cabinet standing on shaped cabriole legs. The top with flared and shaped gallery. The door with faux tambour front (way it was ...
Fine quality Regency mahogany cabinet / cupboard with original hand made brass wire grilles with pleated gold/yellow silk behind. Original turned and reeded squat feet at the front, turned, plain ...
This stunning birds eye maple English Art Deco cocktail cabinet is in very good original condition. The centre section has a mechanical pull and lift action, fitted with mirrors and ...
Mahogany inlaid bow fronted display cabinet, with a inlaid frieze, two astragal glazed doors, three adjustable shelves, standing on inlaid square tapering legs with spade feet, original key.
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