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.
- Victorian Walnut Antique Display Cabinet,
Hi James,The display cabinet arrived this morning on schedule. It really is a beautiful piece with a warm, burnished walnut glow. It could easily stand empty as a very attractive object, but I have spent the morning happily filling it up to make it a cabinet of curiosities. I am so delighted with it. Thank you for all your help in getting this unique piece to me safely.Kind regards,Sonia
James the furniture is beautiful!!!! Paul
HiEverything has arrived safely and items are fab, thank you. The two chaps placed the cabinet upstairs without any trouble. Thanks again Pamela