Introduction to Antique Cabinets and Vintage Cabinets
The history of cabinets goes all the way back before the advent of industrial design. It was during the latter part of the 18th century when renowned cabinet makers like Thomas Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton established their careers. Since then, the fine art of cabinet-making was highly popularised and is even considered a form of art. This is emphasised in our art nouveau and art deco selection of cabinets.
Today, you will find a variety of antique cabinets for sale online at Love Antiques. As the leading website for the top dealers of antique cabinets in the UK, you have plenty of options to choose from that will match your storage and styling needs. Our wooden cabinets selection is huge with cabinets available in Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, and Pine cabinets. But you can also find vintage cabinet with glass or those with removable shelves and even those with marble tops from different periods. Make sure you browse the options available on the website to find exactly what style and period you’re looking for.
Different Types of Antique Cabinets for Sale
As mentioned above, antique cabinets sold at Love Antiques come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. They can also be distinguished by the function and what they are specifically used for. Below is a list of some of the the different styles vintage cabinets for sale on offer at Love Antiques:
- Apothecary Cabinets
- Bedside Cabinets
- Cocktail Cabinets
- Corner Cabinets
- Display Cabinets
- Filing Cabinets
- Wall Cabinets
Tips for Buying Antique & Vintage Cabinets
Buying the best selection of antique cabinets the UK has to offer can be fun and exciting. Antique furniture such as display cabinet from the 18th century or 19th century can add a unique focal point centerpiece and feel to your living room at home. Once you have picked out which style or design you want, you must choose according to where you intend to put the furniture in. Vintage cabinets can also be used in the kitchen, dining room or the powder room. There are plenty of styles from different periods which will suit different rooms within your home.
It is also important to verify the authenticity of the vintage cabinet. There are plenty of online shops that offer antique and vintage items but some of them are not legitimate, this is not the same with Love Antiques as all of the items listed come from verified UK based Antique Dealers.
The best way to ensure that you can get your hands on authentic vintage cabinets in the UK is to buy from reputable dealers listed on Love Antiques. In fact, we have built a reputation as the best dealer website for antique or vintage retro furniture online. Whether you want an art deco cabinet, antique pine cabinet or vintage storage cupboard, we have you covered.
Vintage & Antique Cabinets FAQs
What's the history of Antique Cabinets?
The antique cabinet first emerged in Italy in the late Renaissance. From initially being a small room that displayed objects, thus the term display cabinet, the antique cabinet soon became a piece of furniture with a pair of doors enclosing small drawers. Some antique cabinets were on stands while others were placed on chests. In the 16th century, the French style antique cabinets were based on architectural lines, while the English style antique cabinets were small and mounted on a stand. By the 17th century, the English style antique cabinet was popular among the rich, and in the mid-17th century, southern Germany and Antwerp specialised in creating inlaid ones. After the Restoration in 1660, these antique furniture pieces became decorative objects.
How do I know if my cabinets are antique?
Not all old cabinets are antique. It could be one of those vintage cabinets; it could also be a mere replica or a new display cabinet designed to look old. To know that what you have is an authentic antique cabinet, it’s essential to be familiar with the craftsmanship, material, and each style used at least a hundred years ago. Aside from signs of wear, you have to look for any marks of the manufacturer. Try to find the stamp or branding as well as the location or country where it was made. Determine the type of wood used, how the cabinet was put together, and signs of it being handcrafted. To accurately identify the age of your antique display cabinet, take it to a reputable appraiser or antiques expert or antique dealers.
How do I identify the period of my vintage cabinets?
If they aren’t yet a hundred years old, or not created during the Georgian period, Regency, Victorian or the Edwardian period, 19th century or early 20th century, then you have vintage cabinets. Vintage storage cabinets would often have bright or pastel colours and romantic floral decorations. For a display cabinet to be vintage, it has to have the best characteristics of the period it was created in, so you have to learn about the different styles of the different decades under 100 years. Going to an antiques expert or appraiser or visiting your local antique dealers will save you time and you’ll get to have all the information you need, including the price range you could sell your furniture for.
How much can antique cabinets sell for?
An antique cabinet can have a price range of £90-£85,000. The price of any antique furniture depends on the item’s condition, age, materials and style, among others. The more original components these items still have, the higher would be their value. By getting your items appraised by a professional, you’d be able to find out if you have antique cabinets UK dealers would pay much for as well as know how much money you could make out of the items. The more information you have about your items, the more chance you’d be able to sell them.