Antique Cupboards & Cabinets

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The History of Antique Cupboards & Cabinets

In the 17th century, the English side cabinet on stand appeared, fitted with several drawers, cupboards and secret compartments enclosed by a pair of panels decorated with marquetry inlay. The 18th century furniture designers created the Mahogany ‘china display cabinet’ to show the fine oriental porcelain, frequently decorated in the Chinoiserie style to match the items within. By the mid 19th century the ownership of porcelain items was no longer just for the very rich. Now far more people aspired to the possession of things worthy of display and several new ceramics factories both at home and abroad worked to satisfy this growing appetite. The result was an explosion of designs for antique display cabinets, some dripping with ormolu; some richly inlaid in fine woods or cut brass, others in the style of Sheraton and Adam and wall hanging.

Antique Display China Cabinet

More country antique cupboards were produced in the Victorian period in simple designs like the Oak Arts & Crafts house keepers or the harness design some polished and occasionally painted. The Edwardian era was a time of new design in Antique Furniture with pieces being made to store sheet music designed by renowned makers such as Maple and Co to matching pairs of Bedside Cabinets, in beautifully figured walnut with fitted marble and French Art Nouveau influences.

Antique Bedside Cupboards

Victorian Cabinets

Victorian cupboards were very decorative with unusual timbers used in their construction. This fine quality Satinwood antique cabinet dates from the late 19th century, circa 1890 and displays fabulous kingwood and ebony inlay decoration. The doors have a wonderful brass fretwork front with pleated material backing, very ‘Regency’ in style. The doors are flanked by reeded turned columns with Corinthian designed capitals. It is a wonderful example of a quality late 19th century piece built in the Regency style. It displays fabulous herringbone and kingwood inlay around all the edges and, along with brass detailing, it compliments the golden shade of satinwood perfectly.

  Magnificent Quality Late 19th Century Satinwood Antique Side Cabinet.

This unusual antique cupboard / side server dates from around 1870 in the Victorian period and is constructed from Mahogany. It has a decorative scrolled upright back with a beautifully figured rectangular moulded top above two cupboard doors with moulded edges and key with working lock. This cabinet is very unusual, probably a specially commissioned piece, to the right side can be found another drawer with turned handles and hardwood lining. This drawer benefits from a sliding server top, making it ideal for use in a dining room.

Victorian Mahogany Antique Cupboard / Side Server. Side server drawer with turned handles and hardwood lining

This is quite an early example of a  Plum Pudding Mahogany, Antique Cupboard. Two elegantly scrolled corbels flank two cupboard doors each having wonderfully figured plum pudding mahogany panels. The piece stands on a plain plinth and oozes quality, the fine carving and best quality timbers used are signs of a true craftsman.

Quality, Regency, Rare, Plum Pudding Mahogany, Antique Cupboard.

This delightful antique Regency cabinet, circa 1830, is of superb quality and made from mahogany. It shows superb attention to detail from the cabinet maker both in its style and construction, such craftsmanship is very rarely seen today and when it is found, it is usually in a bespoke piece of furniture that is justifiably priced accordingly! This cabinet has a slight inverted break fronted moulded top above two cupboard doors with simple and stylish ebony inlay decoration. There is a single brass handle and brass clash mould along with key and working lock. Flanking the doors the sides display a geometric carved indentation again simple and stylish in design.  This fine quality Regency cabinet has delightful small proportions making it very desirable and practical for the modern home.

Superb Quality Small Regency Mahogany Antique Cabinet. Regency Mahogany Antique Cabinet makers stamp

This example is in a rare Satin Birch and is in a rather attractive, unusual design.The two drawers still display the original brass Arts & Crafts style handles and the piece as a whole stands on a plain moulded plinth with rounded corners. The sides are also panelled while the back still boasts its original boards!

Unusual Antique Satin Birch Victorian Cupboard

Edwardian Cabinets

The Antique Edwardian Cabinet / Cupboard dates from 1901 to 1910 when King Edward VII was on the throne, after the death of Queen Victoria. These pieces of antique furniture were designed for storage and display as quite often they will have a glazed top above an enclosed base. This was because, decorative China was high in fashion, so displaying them in Edwardian cabinets was essential, to show guests before dining.  Traditional Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Sheraton design influenced the decoration in furniture of this period so you can see many interesting features in Edwardian Cabinets. The fittings will be of high quality with handles, hinges and locks made of brass.

Edwardian Cabinets

This Edwardian Hepplewhite Design Mahogany Antique Cabinet has a decorative carved moulded edge above a deep reeded frieze with floral carved motifs. The doors have a brass clash mould and the sides have beautiful figuring with decorative beading. Reeded panels lead down to the feet which are delightfully shaped.

Edwardian Hepplewhite Design Mahogany Antique Cabinet / Cupboard

This Delightful Edwardian Golden Oak Small Antique Cupboard circa, 1910 would make the perfect hi-fi cabinet and stands on an unusual barley twist base with turned feet.

Edwardian Golden Oak Small Antique Cupboard