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 very attractive ebonised French cabinet made around 1860 and in good condition.
With intricate brass inlay and decoration to the centre as well as ormolu mounts. This cabinet has ...
This is a quality mahogany tambour fronted filing cabinet. This is a lovely piece, that is full of age, charm and character. The tambour (working friction catch) and drawers all ...
Antique Georgian mahogany tray top washstand or bedside table. Great rare item, which is solid with no loose joints and no woodworm. Lovely colour, age and patina.
These are a pair of 19th Century Victorian antique mahogany bedside cabinets. English dating to around the 1880's , each with a single drawer over a cupboard.
This fine quality Victorian antique mahogany inlaid floor standing corner cabinet has a moulded cornice with dental moulding above a glazed door with key and working lock. It has the ...
Mid 20th century French oak industrial tambour front haberdashery filing cabinet with adjustable shelving, smooth working roller shutter and working lock and key.
Attractive Arts and Crafts oak wall cabinet attributed to Liberty having a single door with a hammered and studded strap hinge fitted internally with a shelf beside an arched open ...
Art Nouveau inlaid mahogany corner display cabinet having a pair of glazed doors having internal red baize lining with three fixed internal shelves raised on square tapering legs with spade ...
This is an extremely rare and unique piece of furniture. The top section is a pair of doors which boast the most wonderful oyster veneer on the inside of the ...
This great quality 19th Century English antique cupboard has a solid mahogany top above an arched panel cupboard door. It has a working lock and key, this door opens to ...
This is a wonderful 19th Century antique walnut pier cabinet with decorative floral inlay and glazed front.
Please take a good look at the pictures as they form part of the ...
This is a burr walnut cocktail cabinet sideboard boasting a wonderful colour burr walnut, this item comes in 2 parts for easy transport. The top section has 3 cupboards, the ...
This is a lovely tall apothecary chest of 24 small drawers, each drawer has a brass ring handle. There is a storage space in the slatted base for any larger ...
This is a late Victorian (circa 1900) antique mahogany breakfront china cabinet with inlaid detailing.
Delivery is available at an extra charge. Please contact us with the delivery address for an ...
This is a 19th Century William IV antique mahogany 2 door side cabinet which has a plinth base, 2 panelled doors flanked by pilasters with carved corbels. The cupboard doors ...
Here we have an Antique inlaid glazed music - display cabinet
· Shaped and inlaid back stand
· Cabinet with extensive inlay decoration
· Glazed side panels and door
· Opening to shelving
Here we have an Antique corner cupboard
· Fluted and carved decoration throughout
· Astral glazed top opening to single shelf
· Over single cupboard door faced with 3 dummy drawers
A near pair of green painted regency style pier cabinets dating from the early 20th century. A highly decorative pair of cabinets featuring their original cylinder glass and extremely well-executed ...
19th Century Chemist Shop Drawers, 7 Drawer Pharmacists Cabinet
This is a delightful piece, it is a free standing Counter top Chest of Drawers. Each of the 7 full length drawers ...
Found in the offices at Albion St Works, this one sat next to its life partner an Art Metal single pedestal desk (available if interested).
It is just the right condition ...
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 ...
Sustainable and quality furniture that will add style to your home!
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
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 ...
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