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American Cupboards

Cupboards may date as far back as the Middle Ages, when boards or tables were used to store drinking cups. These open-shelved furniture pieces were typically built with one to three tiers suited to the storage and display of plates, cups, and saucers. In time, drawers were added, and it wasn't long before the strictly utilitarian pieces took on new forms.

After the arrival of the British on American shores, cabinetmakers began producing cupboards patterned after English cabinets. Shops in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore became leading purveyors of American cupboards. Lesser-known regional makers in places like Virginia would come be known for their thriving cupboard industry, giving rise to prominent craftsmen including E.A. Clore.

Classic standalone cupboard designs would eventually give way to the kitchen hutch, the immensely popular china cabinet, and built-in cabinetry. Even so, American cupboards remain sought after for domestic duties in homes across the U.S. and around the world.


Quick Facts

  • In 2004 at Neal, an American Aesthetic carved, ebonized, and inlaid cupboard sold for $14,687
  • In 2010 at Sotheby’s, a pine apothecary cupboard, probably made in Allegheny County, New York, in 1840, sold for $15,000
  • In January 2014, a painted pine hanging cupboard with spoon shelf attributed to John Drissel dated 1800 estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000 realized $209,000 at Sotheby’s

Recommended Items at Auction

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AMERICAN PAINTED PINE STEPBACK CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN PAINTED PINE STEPBACK CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $800- $1,200
$7503 Bids
MID-ATLANTIC VERNACULAR PAINTED POPLAR DIMINUTIVE FLATWALL CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
MID-ATLANTIC VERNACULAR PAINTED POPLAR DIMINUTIVE FLATWALL CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE HANGING CORNER CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE HANGING CORNER CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
LANCASTER CO., PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE AND POPLAR JELLY CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
LANCASTER CO., PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE AND POPLAR JELLY CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Southern Walnut Inlaid Corner Cupboard
Jul 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Southern Walnut Inlaid Corner Cupboard
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Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5000 Bids
Middle TN 16 Pane Cherry Corner Cupboard
Jul 07, 1:00 PM EDT
Middle TN 16 Pane Cherry Corner Cupboard
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5000 Bids
AMERICAN SHERATON CORNER CUPBOARD
Jun 23, 11:00 AM EDT
AMERICAN SHERATON CORNER CUPBOARD
by White's Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Southwest VA Corner Cupboard w/ Punched Tins, Hiram Starnes
Jul 06, 9:00 AM EDT
Southwest VA Corner Cupboard w/ Punched Tins, Hiram Starnes
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$6000 Bids
York County, Pennsylvania painted jelly cupboard
Jun 27, 9:00 AM EDT
York County, Pennsylvania painted jelly cupboard
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
American Tulip Poplar Step Back Cupboard
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
American Tulip Poplar Step Back Cupboard
by Locati LLC
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
TIDEWATER VIRGINIA PAINTED YELLOW PINE CORNER CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
TIDEWATER VIRGINIA PAINTED YELLOW PINE CORNER CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Pennsylvania pine one-piece corner cupboard
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania pine one-piece corner cupboard
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Pennsylvania poplar two-part stepback cupboard
Jun 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania poplar two-part stepback cupboard
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
PENNSYLVANIA PINE CHILD'S JELLY CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
PENNSYLVANIA PINE CHILD'S JELLY CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
PENNSYLVANIA LATE FEDERAL WALNUT CORNER CUPBOARD
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
PENNSYLVANIA LATE FEDERAL WALNUT CORNER CUPBOARD
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Cupboards


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.

White's Auctions

White's Auctions