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. It was the earliest form of antique 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 had simple carvings made from solid Oak, with iron fittings and a wonderful colour.
This Court cupboard has carvings, turned finials and the date inscribed above the central door.
HiEverything has arrived safely and items are fab, thank you. The two chaps placed the cabinet upstairs without any trouble. Thanks again Pamela
- 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.
Sorry it has taken me so long to let you know that our chiffonier arrived and we love it!It is the first time that we bought an antique online and we’d like to thank you for making it such a great experience.Best,Ellen