The antique Georgian cupboard was built throughout the periods of 1714 to 1820. Georgian Cupboards were mainly built in woods such as solid Oak (as this was locally grown in Britain) and imported Mahogany (mainly from Cuba and Honduras) or the most earliest examples were in a thick Walnut Veneer. They were built by hand using peg construction, dovetail joints and iron clout nails, so very primitive construction. These 18th Century cupboards are quite simple in design but do fit very well in country and modern homes alike and because they were constructed from such solid woods, they are seen in good condition today with a beautiful patina. English Georgian cupboards can include anything from a corner cabinet to a dresser base with cupboards doors, having fielded panels and lots of useful storage. French Rocco styling and neo-classicism was added to some of the decoration as famous designers such as Adam, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Chippendale adding their influence to Georgian cupboards design with their catalogues distributed throughout the world. Being over 200 years old they have the charm and character you would expect to see in a true antique and usually age to a warm shade that we clean and wax using traditional methods. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale or to see our full collection click here.
Georgian Cupboards for sale
If you’re trying to get your hands on some authentic antique Georgian cupboards, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Look Out for the Style
Georgian cupboards can be similarly simple or ornate in style, depending on the type of wood used, and the manufacturer in question. Plenty of famous designers lived during the Georgian period, spawning many original and lookalike pieces – Chippendale furniture is a big name 200+ years on. With plenty of new materials imported from America coming into use within England, a rich variation of styles was now on offer for someone’s living room.
Look Out for the Material
Earlier pieces would have been made out of Walnut, which was then supplanted by the use of Mahogany in the mid 18th century. Most cupboards during the peak of the Georgian era would have been made out of mahogany or Oak, thanks to its enduring popularity during these years. Towards the end of the Georgian period and beyond (1800+), Rosewood started to come into fashion.
Look Out for the Construction
Cupboards could be placed all around the home, meaning their height, width, and length would vary greatly. The construction between them remains quite similar – made to last, with plenty of durability within the material and frame of the cupboards themselves. The grains of the wood would have been worked closely and finely, to ensure this kind of durability, leaving a highlighted, block finish. Many would have been engraved with frame motifs, with brass attachments for easy use.
- 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.
- Ruth Chew,
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.
- 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.