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Antique Cabinets

The term cabinetmaker now generally refers to those who specialize in built-in kitchen storage, but the original craftsmen were given the label because they produced stand-alone cabinetry.

Today, the word cabinet describes a medium or large piece of storage furniture with one or more doors on the front and open shelves, drawers, or divided cubby holes within. Antique cabinets evolved from chests and took many forms.

Many of the earliest cabinets were specifically designed to store valuables and important documents and also acted as makeshift writing desks. Ultimately, if only because of their stature, the cabinet became the dominant piece of furniture in any room.

Fine workmanship is evident in antique cabinets and because of their use of precious woods, elegant carvings, quality veneers, inlays, and marquetry, cabinetmakers were respected as the highest form of woodworkers. From a 19th century lime-washed Swedish corner cabinet to an early 20th century English Art Deco bar, there is an antique cabinet designed for every purpose, sensibility, and style.


Quick Facts

  • In 2015, a late 19th century Hoosier-style Southern baker’s cabinet sold at a Flomaton Antique Auction for $800
  • In October 2015, a French Louis XVI style inlaid library cabinet dating to the early 20th century sold at a skinner auction for $1,230

Recommended Items at Auction

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Antique German Putz Composition Sheep Toys Spice Cabinet
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique German Putz Composition Sheep Toys Spice Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1105 Bids
CAST IRON CABINET LETTER BOX ON STAND
Feb 26, 6:00 PM PST
CAST IRON CABINET LETTER BOX ON STAND
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$1604 Bids
Pewter Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Pewter Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
Stepback Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Stepback Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$102 Bids
AN OAK AND CURVED GLASS CHINA CABINET
Feb 26, 6:00 PM PST
AN OAK AND CURVED GLASS CHINA CABINET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $150- $250
$1102 Bids
Antique N.C. Primitive 16 Pane Walnut Corner Cupboard
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique N.C. Primitive 16 Pane Walnut Corner Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
A Victorian brass and mother of pearl inlaid thuyawood tantalus, mid 19th century - LOCKED
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Victorian brass and mother of pearl inlaid thuyawood tantalus, mid 19th century - LOCKED
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
19th Century American Oak China Display Cabinet
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
19th Century American Oak China Display Cabinet
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
19th C. Carved Oak Curved Glass China Cabinet
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
19th C. Carved Oak Curved Glass China Cabinet
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $1,000
$1501 Bid
PAINTED ITALIAN PEDESTAL CABINET
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
PAINTED ITALIAN PEDESTAL CABINET
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
A French Provincial pine bonnetiere, 19th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A French Provincial pine bonnetiere, 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Antique Marble Top 3 drawer cabinet
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Marble Top 3 drawer cabinet
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $100- $250
$501 Bid
19th Century American Country Farmhouse Cabinet / Chest
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
19th Century American Country Farmhouse Cabinet / Chest
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
ENGLISH SATIN WOOD THREE DOOR WARDROBE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH SATIN WOOD THREE DOOR WARDROBE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
ITALIAN 4 DOOR BURL WOOD CUPBOARD
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
ITALIAN 4 DOOR BURL WOOD CUPBOARD
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
Corner Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Corner Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Jelly Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Jelly Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Painted Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Painted Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Stepback Cupboard
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Stepback Cupboard
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Art Nouveau Carved Oak 2pc Corner Cabinet
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Art Nouveau Carved Oak 2pc Corner Cabinet
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$1001 Bid
19TH C ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED CUPBOARD
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
19TH C ITALIAN PAINT DECORATED CUPBOARD
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$1001 Bid
Two apothecary cabinets, 19th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Two apothecary cabinets, 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1401 Bid
A Colonial hardwood tabletop display cabinet, 19th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A Colonial hardwood tabletop display cabinet, 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$601 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Cabinets


Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Aste Boetto SRL

Aste Boetto SRL

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales

Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales