Antique Court Cupboards were first seen in the early 16th Century in Tudor homes and great halls. These early forms of antique furniture are usually built in solid English oak and have primitive construction like wooden pegs and old iron work straps along with clout nails. Antique court cupboards were designed to store cups, vessels and plates, along with displaying the master of the house’s large plate in the centre and this was the earliest form of sideboard on record. It got its name due to the fact, they are quite short pieces of furniture and the word ‘court’ is the Norman word for short and it also being a cupboard. They were only seen in very wealthy households, as these magnificent pieces would have been very expensive to build in such early periods. The best examples are of good smaller proportions from the 17th Century with panels that are outstandingly carved and have two turned finial droplets. Due to their age, they will have good old repairs, charm and character consistent with age and use, it makes them a real stately home piece. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale along with other beautiful cupboards here on our website.
Harness & Court Cupboards for sale
Court Cupboards from the 17th Century with simple carvings made from solid Oak, with iron fittings and a wonderful colour.
Court cupboards with Carvings, turned finials and the date inscribed above the central door.
- Ruth Chew,
Recently visited Driscolls Antiques and saw a piece I was interested in. James was really helpful and brought it for me to see in situ at home which made my decision. Purchase made and really pleased. There is a wide selection of quality furniture in the showroom. Definitely worth a visit. Would certainly deal with Driscolls again and recommend to friends.
Hi JamesJust wanted to let you know that the bedside cabinets arrived safe and sound on Saturday and we were home to receive them. Thank you for taking so much care in wrapping them up very well and for giving them a good polish. We really are delighted with them, just what we wanted.Kind regardsSandra
- Simon Knight,
I reasonately purchased an Edwardian mahogany sheet music cabinet from James and have to say it is even better than the photographs. I have asked him to find a console table which will blend with the cabinet and feel confident that in time the right piece will be found.