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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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Pair of antique style single drawer bedside cabinets, approx 74.5cm H x 63cm W x 42cm D (2)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Pair of antique style single drawer bedside cabinets, approx 74.5cm H x 63cm W x 42cm D (2)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD14014 Bids
Antique Country Pie Safe Countertop Cupboard
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Country Pie Safe Countertop Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$4610 Bids
Antique American Oak Bow Front China Cabinet
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique American Oak Bow Front China Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$9010 Bids
French 19C Antique Bronze & Glass Tantalus Cabinet
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
French 19C Antique Bronze & Glass Tantalus Cabinet
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1756 Bids
Antique Oak Sewing Drawer Cabinet
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Oak Sewing Drawer Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$225 Bids
Antique Pie Safe Cupboard
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Pie Safe Cupboard
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$655 Bids
French Dore Bronze Antique Vitrine Cabinet Case
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
French Dore Bronze Antique Vitrine Cabinet Case
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1004 Bids
Antique French Napoleon III Bronze Medallion Cabinet
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique French Napoleon III Bronze Medallion Cabinet
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$3254 Bids
French Porcelain Water Foul Scenic Cabinet Vase
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
French Porcelain Water Foul Scenic Cabinet Vase
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$122 Bids
Antique French pitch pine marble top bedside cabinet
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Antique French pitch pine marble top bedside cabinet
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD602 Bids
Antique Sterchi Brothers Wooden Display Cabinet
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Sterchi Brothers Wooden Display Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
NAPOLEON III EBONIZED GILT BRONZE CABINET C 1880
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
NAPOLEON III EBONIZED GILT BRONZE CABINET C 1880
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$6001 Bid
19TH CENT. CABINET PHOTOS COLUMBIA NY FIRE DEPT.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
19TH CENT. CABINET PHOTOS COLUMBIA NY FIRE DEPT.
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$3751 Bid
Antique Battle Of Waterloo In Shadowbox Display
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Antique Battle Of Waterloo In Shadowbox Display
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Large Neo-renaissance carved cabinet
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
Large Neo-renaissance carved cabinet
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €2,250- €3,000
€1,5001 Bid
Pennsylvania pine hanging corner cupboard, 19th c.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania pine hanging corner cupboard, 19th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$801 Bid
Antique carved & inlaid oak court cupboard in the Elizabethan style 122 w x 48 d x 167 cm high
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
Antique carved & inlaid oak court cupboard in the Elizabethan style 122 w x 48 d x 167 cm high
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD900- AUD1,200
AUD5001 Bid
C19th French satin walnut marble top bedside cabinet
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
C19th French satin walnut marble top bedside cabinet
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD501 Bid
Group of Miniature Cabinet Items
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Group of Miniature Cabinet Items
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$701 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Antique Cabinets


Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Auktionshaus Plückbaum

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Woodlands Auctions

Woodlands Auctions

Kamelot Auctions

Kamelot Auctions