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American Cabinets

In its simplest form a cabinet is a box with shelves or drawers used for storing items, but cabinets come in a vast array of shapes, sizes, and styles. There are specialty pieces for every conceivable purpose.

The modern cabinets so treasured for their utility today were first crafted in England during the William and Mary period (1688-1702). Borrowing from designs that employed walnut, ebony, holly, and satinwood for inlays and marquetry, Northeastern American cabinetmakers began making cabinets in the Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Vernacular styles. Prominent early producers include Duncan Phyfe, Samuel McIntire, and John and Thomas Seymour.

American cabinet styles were also influenced by European immigrants. British, French, and German furniture makers spawned a stream of new cabinet designs that cropped up in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.


Quick Facts

  • In August 2013, a large tramp art cabinet by Sicilian-American artist Samuel Annino sold at Skinner for $2,400
  • In September 2010 at Bonhams, an American late-19th Century mahogany and cross-banded side cabinet sold for £312
  • In a 2004 Neal auction, a Greek Revival-style carved walnut cabinet attributed to Daniel Pabst brought $17,625 at auction

Recommended Items at Auction

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American Oak Bow Front China Cabinet
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
American Oak Bow Front China Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$955 Bids
Milo Baughman Burl Wood Cabinet / Wardrobe
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Milo Baughman Burl Wood Cabinet / Wardrobe
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
Large Carved Wooden Wardrobe
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Large Carved Wooden Wardrobe
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Pulaski Furniture Company Mahogany Display Cabinet
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Pulaski Furniture Company Mahogany Display Cabinet
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$500 Bids
Arts and Crafts Period Yeager Gun Cabinet
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Arts and Crafts Period Yeager Gun Cabinet
by Willow Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Irwin Federal Style Mahogany Breakfront Cabinet
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Irwin Federal Style Mahogany Breakfront Cabinet
by Nye & Company
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
R.J. HORNER CHINA CABINET.
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
R.J. HORNER CHINA CABINET.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5000 Bids
Globe-Wernicke Sectional Record Cabinet
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CST
Globe-Wernicke Sectional Record Cabinet
by Leonard Auction
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
ROSEMALING WALL CABINET BY ETHEL KVALHEIM
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
ROSEMALING WALL CABINET BY ETHEL KVALHEIM
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
Federal Style Mahogany Hanging Curio Cabinet
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Federal Style Mahogany Hanging Curio Cabinet
by Nye & Company
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
James Mont Cabinet / Nightstand
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
James Mont Cabinet / Nightstand
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2500 Bids
American Oak Ice Box Modified into a Bar Cabine
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
American Oak Ice Box Modified into a Bar Cabine
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
BERNHARDT FURNITURE OAK LIGHTED CHINA CABINET
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
BERNHARDT FURNITURE OAK LIGHTED CHINA CABINET
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Leon Rosen (American, 20th Century) Vitrine cabinet for Pace Collection
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Leon Rosen (American, 20th Century) Vitrine cabinet for Pace Collection
by Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
PAUL MCCOBB CREDENZA SERVER WITH DRAWERS AND SLIDING DOORS. UNMARKED.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
PAUL MCCOBB CREDENZA SERVER WITH DRAWERS AND SLIDING DOORS. UNMARKED.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $500- $700
$3500 Bids
PAUL MCCOBB (American, 1917-1969)
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
PAUL MCCOBB (American, 1917-1969)
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
American Oak Tambour Record Cabinet, 20th C., H 48.75'' W 19'' Depth 14.75''
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
American Oak Tambour Record Cabinet, 20th C., H 48.75'' W 19'' Depth 14.75''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
ARTS AND CRAFTS ERA DISPLAY CASE
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
ARTS AND CRAFTS ERA DISPLAY CASE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
FURNETTE AMERICAN MODERN TAMBOUR DOOR SIDEBOARD CREDENZA CABINET.
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
FURNETTE AMERICAN MODERN TAMBOUR DOOR SIDEBOARD CREDENZA CABINET.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
BROYHILL CREDENZA. AMERICAN MODERN WALNUT SIDEBOARD. PANELED DOORS.
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
BROYHILL CREDENZA. AMERICAN MODERN WALNUT SIDEBOARD. PANELED DOORS.
by Uniques & Antiques
Est: $300- $400
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Cabinets


Uniques & Antiques

Uniques & Antiques

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles