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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.
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Of the most spectacular quality and constructed using the finest figured rosewood with elegant inlays and attributed to Edwards & Roberts, this breath taking antique dates from around 1870. This magnificent piece would most probably have been custom built for an extremely wealthy person from the Victorian era. It has a swan neck pediment above ten original bevelled mirrors, unusual curved glass doors, turned upright supports and the most spectacular inlaid centre. The top is beautifully figured above a fine inlaid frieze, inlaid cupboard doors with curved sides and below is an elegant turned gallery. Each side has a mahogany lined drawer above a cupboard door with the original bevelled glass, mirrored interior with shaped shelves and the original velvet lining.
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.
Edwardian examples had 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.
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.
Of an unusual design and of Maple & Co quality this spectacular display cabinet is break fronted with a shaped top, the top having two small turned finials and a brass gallery. This sits above glazed cupboard doors and mirrored back, ideal to showcase those collectables to their full potential. The piece as a whole stands on tapering spade feet and edged with the most striking satinwood cross banding and boxwood and ebony string inlay.