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(Above photo - Pair Antique Pier Cabinets )
In the home, a pier cabinet is meant to sit in the wall between two windows (the pier). It may also sit between two columns. The cabinet is most useful in the entrance hall of any home. It is almost similar to the pier table, only that it has several shelves and drawers.
It was during the Victorian period that pier cabinets first appeared in homes. At that time, houses were built with large windows to allow lots of natural light into the house. At night, homeowners would use candles to provide lighting. A small table of the cabinet would be placed in the space (a pier) between any two windows.
Functions of the Pier Cabinet
(Above photo - Victorian Pier Cabinet Ebonized Display Circa 1860 )
For what exactly was an antique pier cabinet used? The primary purpose of a pier cabinet was to display fine decorative items. On the top, the user would place pieces of art such as sculptures and paintings. Visitors entering the house would see these items before coming to the main living area.
(Above photo - Pair Victorian Pier cabinets )
Pier cabinets had glazed fronts with three or more shelves. Here, the most beautiful China pieces would be placed. Again, that was meant to attract the attention of visitors to the home. More often than not, conversations would begin right there with the items stored in the cabinet.
The Form of the Pier Cabinet
(Above photo- French Pier Cabinet - Antique Ebonized Circa 1860 )
Pier cabinets were mainly made from mahogany, burr walnut, and rosewood. It was a tiny cabinet, standing at slightly above four feet, and with three or four shelves. The top was mostly made of marble. Usually, the cabinet featured gilt ormolu and linings of velvet along the edges of the shelves. Their elaborate construction makes the cabinets extremely exquisite.
For what would you buy an antique pier cabinet today? First, it will provide the kind of decoration that will turn your home into a beautiful space. Second, you can use it to display objects or turn it into a smaller version of the bookcase. Alternatively, it could effectively serve as a bedside storage cabinet.
Buying an Antique Pier Cabinet
(Above photo - Victorian Pier Cabinet - Antique Walnut Circa 1860 )
Antique pier cabinets are available for sale in various stores and auctions across the world. Mostly, they are sold as single pieces, but you could also them in two matching pairs. The latter is a rarity and could have belonged to a wealthy owner of a Victorian mansion. Thus, cabinet pairs are likely to be more expensive than single pieces.
If you are a collector, then you should value the state in which a pier cabinet appears. Antique dealers usually go out of their way to restore the cabinets to their original condition. They may not be able to restore blemishes to the wood, so they clean and wax the pieces of furniture to make them look as fresh as possible.
(Above photo - Victorian Walnut Pier Cabinet Circa 1870 )
To have one of these cabinets of one of the best ways to revamp your home. You only need to check out online listings to find a pier cabinet that perfectly meets your needs. So, make a move right now!
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