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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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Early N.C. Handmade Linen Press Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early N.C. Handmade Linen Press Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2509 Bids
Painted pine two-part cupboard, 19th c.
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Painted pine two-part cupboard, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$9007 Bids
Early Southern Open Wall Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Southern Open Wall Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2706 Bids
Early Southern Handmade Small Pie Safe Cabinet
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Southern Handmade Small Pie Safe Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1104 Bids
Antique Adams paint decorated satin wood display case
Nov 27, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Adams paint decorated satin wood display case
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1103 Bids
Thomas Day Milton N.C. Furniture Massive Linen Press Woody Collection
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Thomas Day Milton N.C. Furniture Massive Linen Press Woody Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3003 Bids
Early Southern Plantation Stars Pie Safe Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Southern Plantation Stars Pie Safe Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2603 Bids
Antique Mahogany Wood 18 Drawer Spice Rack Cabinet
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Mahogany Wood 18 Drawer Spice Rack Cabinet
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1753 Bids
(3) Section Antique Printers Cabinet
Dec 01, 9:00 AM PST
(3) Section Antique Printers Cabinet
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
Early North Carolina 16 Pane Flat Wall Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early North Carolina 16 Pane Flat Wall Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1102 Bids
Antique Southern Primitive Open Painted Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Southern Primitive Open Painted Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$502 Bids
Antique Putti Motif Rounded Curio Cabinet
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Putti Motif Rounded Curio Cabinet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
19th Century Pennsylvania Blind Door Cherry Corner Cabinet
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
19th Century Pennsylvania Blind Door Cherry Corner Cabinet
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$2751 Bid
Rare Antique Primitive Pie Safe Chimney Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Antique Primitive Pie Safe Chimney Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Milchschrank
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Milchschrank
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
19th C. French Oak Hunting Lodge Cabinet
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
19th C. French Oak Hunting Lodge Cabinet
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
ANTIQUE COUNTERTOP DISPLAY CASE
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
ANTIQUE COUNTERTOP DISPLAY CASE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Antique Southern Primitive Painted Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Southern Primitive Painted Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Antique Southern Primitive Farmhouse Painted Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Southern Primitive Farmhouse Painted Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Gothic Revival Walnut Wall Cabinet
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Gothic Revival Walnut Wall Cabinet
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$3001 Bid
Granville County North Carolina Corner Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Granville County North Carolina Corner Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Scandinavian painted pine hanging cupboard, 19th c
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Scandinavian painted pine hanging cupboard, 19th c
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Early Salem N.C. Flat Wall Cupboard
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Early Salem N.C. Flat Wall Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Cabinets


Christian McCann Auctions

Christian McCann Auctions

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.