Antique Display Cabinets, also known as the Antique China Cabinet is a type of cupboard with glazed panelled doors used to display choice pieces of ornaments and valuable fine China. They originated from the 18th Century bookcase as they were similar in form, but as it became fashionable to display your fine objects and decorative China in the 19th century. The traditional display cabinet then became a piece of furniture on its own. Earlier 18th Century Georgian examples were built in figured Walnut veneer but are quite rare, so sought after by collectors. 19th Century Victorian and Edwardian display cabinets were often in woods such as Mahogany or Oak and became more common as most homes would have one. These beautiful pieces of furniture from this period have more decoration like fine exotic inlays or brass embellishments. Many earlier influences were used in their construction and design, like Sheraton and Chippendale. Some Victorian display cabinets have a mirrored back to reflect light into the room and make decorative objects stand out more, this is when the main form of lighting was candle light. The antique display cabinet is a very fine, delicate looking item of furniture but built to the highest of standards with interiors quite often lined in wonderful blue or red velvet materials. Have a look below at our lovely antique display cabinets for sale or to see our full collection click here.
Display Cabinets for sale
Below are some sold examples of display cabinets that we have previously had available for sale. if any look suitable please let us know and we will try to find a similar piece for you as we have new stock arriving daily.
Early forms are quite unusual, here you can see a William IV example with fine cross banding and of lovely neat proportions with pilasters with beautifully carved Corinthian corbels.
The Victorian Cabinet maker made display cabinets more ornate with figured woods like Burr Walnut and Maple. Features such as the elegant barley twist decorative detail, which frame the doors to wonderful inlaid detailing and carvings were introduced along with adjustable shelves with fabric linings. Ideal for displaying books, Collectables or artefacts.
This fine example has a mirrored back and mirrored interior along with unusual inlay and carving decoration. Obviously built by a true craftsman.
The Edwardian period loved bow fronted glazed panels, inlay decoration, the best with feathered mahogany timbers and fine box wood string inlays. This Edwardian display cabinet is a superb example with unusual glazing bars.
Carvings like the Gadrooned edges, Cabriole legs, hairy lion paw carved feet and Walnut was the wood of Choice. Features from Quality Chippendale and Hepplewhite was used in decoration and designs.
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 James Just 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 regards Sandra
Antique corner cupboard to London,
Just to let you know I am really pleased with the Georgian corner cupboard. Arrived safely on Saturday. Couriers very helpful and cheery. Thank you for hanging on to it for me.