Relevant categories: Cabinets and Chests,Bookcases
(Above photo - Dutch Display Cabinet - Walnut Antique Bookcase )
Antique display cabinets or china cabinets come in the form of a glazed cupboard with glazed panelled doors. They are great when it comes to displaying pieces of fine china or valuable ornaments. They are closely related to 18th-century bookcases, which had a similar form. Their popularity rose in the 19th century when users found it fashionable to display their ornaments and fine china. At that time, furniture makers started designing the display cabinet as a standalone piece of furniture.
During the Georgian period, the earliest display cabinets featured figured walnut veneer. However, these aren't easy to come by, so collectors can't wait to lay their hands on them. In the 19th century Victorian and Edwardian periods, display cabinets were made from oak or mahogany. Instead of featuring in homes of the nobles and palaces, they were found almost everywhere. They were beautiful furniture pieces with decorations, including fine brass embellishments and exotic elements.
In making antique display cabinets, designers and constructors borrowed from earlier greats such as Chippendale and Sheraton. During the Victorian period, some furniture makers placed a mirror at the back of the cabinet to reflect light into the room. It was useful in illuminating a room where candlelight was the main source of light. Overall, the display cabinet is a fine, delicate piece of furniture, given the high standards observed during its construction. Its interior surfaces have red or velvet lining, upon which one places the displayed items.
(Above photo - Antique Chippendale Display Cabinet - Mahogany Bookcase 1880 )
Despite being a collector's favourite, an antique display cabinet can serve various purposes, such as the following.
(Above photo - Painted Sheraton display cabinets )
You can use a display cabinet to store various items, including art, cards, figurines, liquor, and trinkets. Apart from acting as a store for the items, the cabinet becomes an integral part of your home interior decor. Visitors to your home will behold the display and make it an important focal point.
(Above photo - Chippendale display cabinet )
Antique display cabinets are also great when it comes to storing books and other documents. It provides the perfect opportunity for you to show off your best books. Whether at home or in the workplace, a glazed display cabinet provides the perfect way to stay organized. The best place to put it is in the living room or the home office.
(Above photo - Antique Edwards and Roberts Display Cabinet )
You can also use a display cabinet to store potted plants. Whether flowers or small plants, they will look very well through the glazed door on the display cabinet. It's a good way of bringing nature into your living space.
You can display your glassware inside your display cabinet. Whether clear or stained glasses, they will provide a unique look when viewed through the glazed door. Besides creating an elegant display, it protects the glasses from dust and contact with hard surfaces.
(Above photo - Pair Antique Display Cabinets - Walnut Victorian Bookcases )
An antique display cabinet can act as a focal point in any room regardless of the purpose you use it. You can use it to store assorted items, books, documents, potted plants, and glassware; whether you are a serious collector or a home user, this type of cabinet of worth buying.
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