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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

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Hutch Cupboard
Jul 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Hutch Cupboard
by New England Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,1006 Bids
LATE 18TH C HANGING CUPBOARD
Jul 13, 11:00 AM EDT
LATE 18TH C HANGING CUPBOARD
by D. L. Straight Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1255 Bids
Mustard Grain Painted Jelly Cupboard with Drawer, 1880's, 29 1/2 x 19 x 40 in. (74.9 x 48.3 x 101.6 cm.)
Jul 14, 4:00 PM CDT
Mustard Grain Painted Jelly Cupboard with Drawer, 1880's, 29 1/2 x 19 x 40 in. (74.9 x 48.3 x 101.6 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1304 Bids
Dutch Colonial Satinwood And Ebony 2-Piece Cabinet, C.1840-1850
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Dutch Colonial Satinwood And Ebony 2-Piece Cabinet, C.1840-1850
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,200
$4754 Bids
Antique Doctors Medical Cabinet
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Doctors Medical Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$753 Bids
Mustard Grain Painted Glass Door Wall Cabinet, 1880's, 23 x 12 x 29 in. (58.4 x 30.5 x 73.7 cm.)
Jul 14, 4:00 PM CDT
Mustard Grain Painted Glass Door Wall Cabinet, 1880's, 23 x 12 x 29 in. (58.4 x 30.5 x 73.7 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1102 Bids
19th Century Stepback Cupboard in Old Paint, circa 1850-70, 36 x 15 1/2 x 75 in. (91.4 x 39.4 x 190.5 cm.)
Jul 14, 4:00 PM CDT
19th Century Stepback Cupboard in Old Paint, circa 1850-70, 36 x 15 1/2 x 75 in. (91.4 x 39.4 x 190.5 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$2252 Bids
Italian Marquetry Two-Door Cabinettino, 18th C.
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Italian Marquetry Two-Door Cabinettino, 18th C.
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1002 Bids
Early 2 Door Wall Cupboard in Old Paint, circa 1850-70, 48 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 24 in. (123.2 x 36.8 x 61 cm.)
Jul 14, 4:00 PM CDT
Early 2 Door Wall Cupboard in Old Paint, circa 1850-70, 48 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 24 in. (123.2 x 36.8 x 61 cm.)
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1102 Bids
Antique Anglo-Indian Carved Rosewood Marble Top Console Cabinet, 19th C.
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Anglo-Indian Carved Rosewood Marble Top Console Cabinet, 19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$3252 Bids
Antique A.N. Russell And Sons ILION N.Y. Oak Ribbon Cabinet
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique A.N. Russell And Sons ILION N.Y. Oak Ribbon Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Very Fine Victorian Walnut Dental Doctors Cabinet
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Very Fine Victorian Walnut Dental Doctors Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Antique Medical Nursing Steel Cabinet
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Medical Nursing Steel Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$552 Bids
Antique Indian Paint Decorated Teak Tall Cabinet, 78'' x 50'' x 18''
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Indian Paint Decorated Teak Tall Cabinet, 78'' x 50'' x 18''
by Material Culture
Est: $600- $900
$3001 Bid
Aesthetic Movement carved oak cabinet
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Aesthetic Movement carved oak cabinet
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Antique Indian Hanging Mirrored Cabinet, 21'' x 20'' x 5''
Jul 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Indian Hanging Mirrored Cabinet, 21'' x 20'' x 5''
by Material Culture
Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
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Antique Curved Glass Countertop Display Case Showcase with Drawer & Beaded Inlay
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Curved Glass Countertop Display Case Showcase with Drawer & Beaded Inlay
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN PINE CABINET
Jul 14, 2:00 PM PDT
ANTIQUE EUROPEAN PINE CABINET
by District Auction
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Antique R.R. Freight And Passengers Tariff File Wall Cabinet
Aug 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique R.R. Freight And Passengers Tariff File Wall Cabinet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid

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