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Antique Display Cabinet
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
Napoleon III antique display cabinet. This beautiful breakfront kingwood display cabinet has a central wide door flanked by two glazed panels enclosing a mirrored interior. It is su...
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Antique 19th Century English Cabinets

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Bronze

  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
H 61 in. W 57 in. D 15.5 in.
Antique Biedermeier Bookcase, 1830s
Located in Prague 8, CZ
A bookcase from the Biedermeier period, made in the 1830s and featuring a walnut veneer and decorative motifs typical for this period. This bookcase has been professionally refurbish...
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Bookcases

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Brass

  • Antique Biedermeier Bookcase, 1830s
  • Antique Biedermeier Bookcase, 1830s
  • Antique Biedermeier Bookcase, 1830s
  • Antique Biedermeier Bookcase, 1830s
H 70.48 in. W 46.07 in. D 19.69 in.
Art Nouveau Armoire with Spacious Drawer
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Country armoire with delicately carved Art Nouveau acorn design.
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Antique 19th Century Latvian Art Nouveau Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

  • Art Nouveau Armoire with Spacious Drawer
  • Art Nouveau Armoire with Spacious Drawer
  • Art Nouveau Armoire with Spacious Drawer
  • Art Nouveau Armoire with Spacious Drawer
H 75.5 in. W 48 in. D 21 in.
Chest with Three Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three-drawer chest in birch.
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Antique 19th Century Estonian Baltic Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Chest with Three Drawers
  • Chest with Three Drawers
  • Chest with Three Drawers
  • Chest with Three Drawers
H 38.25 in. W 41.25 in. D 28 in.
Pair of 19th Century Boulle Pier Cabinets
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality pair of French 19th century Boulle side cabinets, having ebonized tops and sides, gilded ormolu mounts, glazed doors to each with red velvet interior and shelf. Classi...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Brass

  • Pair of 19th Century Boulle Pier Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Boulle Pier Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Boulle Pier Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Boulle Pier Cabinets
H 42.92 in. W 27.17 in. D 13.39 in.
19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
Located in London, GB
An Italian late 18th century curiosity cabinet in a Classical manner in faux marble with water gilding. The pediment with a filigree gilt bronze frieze. Later restored and the door f...
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Antique 1780s Cabinets

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Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
H 152 in. W 74 in. D 29 in.
19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
Located in London, GB
An Italian late 18th century curiosity cabinet in a classical manner in faux marble with water gilding. The pediment with a filigree gilt bronze frieze. Later restored and the door f...
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Antique 1780s Cabinets

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Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
H 152 in. W 74 in. D 29 in.
19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
Located in London, GB
An Italian late 18th century curiosity cabinet in a classical manner in faux marble with water gilding. The pediment with a filigree gilt bronze frieze. Later restored and the door f...
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Antique 1780s Cabinets

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Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
H 152 in. W 74 in. D 29 in.
19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
Located in London, GB
An Italian late 18th century curiosity cabinet in a Classical manner in faux marble with water gilding. The pediment with a filigree gilt bronze frieze. Later restored and the door f...
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Antique 1780s Cabinets

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Fruitwood

  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
  • 19th Century Italian Curiosity Cabinet
H 152 in. W 74 in. D 29 in.
Black Lacquer and Gilt Chinoiserie Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
A chinoiserie vitrine. Extensively decorated in the chinoiserie manner in giltwork and polychromes; rising from a plinth base, having canted sides, a central door to the lower secti...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Chinoiserie Cabinets

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Giltwood, Lacquer, Paint

Antique Collectors Cabinet Chest Mahogany Victorian 19th Century, circa 1875
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
A beautiful antique 19th century Victorian mahogany collectors' cabinet, circa 1875, the molded top above two paneled doors enclosing seven pullout / pull-out drawers with brass hand...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Mahogany

19th Century English Mahogany Carved Antique Vitrine or Display Cabinet
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique English Vitrine 1880s in mahogany wood. Important mahogany wood carving with decorations moved. Perfect for displaying your collection of small precious objects. Finely chise...
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Antique 1880s English Vitrines

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Mahogany

19th Century Dutch Bureau Bookcase
Located in New Orleans, LA
This magnificent and important Dutch mahogany bureau bookcase, exuberantly carved and adorned with superb figural carvings, impressive scrolled feet and elaborate applied decoration....
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Other Bookcases

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century Dutch Bureau Bookcase
  • 19th Century Dutch Bureau Bookcase
  • 19th Century Dutch Bureau Bookcase
  • 19th Century Dutch Bureau Bookcase
H 105 in. W 68 in. D 24 in.
Cylinder Burl Walnut Pedestal Cabinet, Copenhagen, 1830-1840
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Cylinder burl walnut pedestal cabinet. Late empire. Oak beautifully veneered with walnut. A large front door that opens to reveal a set of four shelves. Copenhagen, 1830-1840.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Danish Empire Cabinets

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Oak, Walnut

Unusual 19th Century Cherry Enfilade from Picardie
Located in Atlanta, GA
Unusual one of a kind 19th century cherry enfilade from Picardie.
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Buffets

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Cherry

19th Century Swedish Painted Corner Cupboard
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century Swedish painted corner cupboard.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Corner Cupboards

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Wood

19th Century Louis XV Style Buffet or Sideboard
Located in Winter Park, FL
A large early 19th century Louis XV style French buffet from Provence made of solid walnut. Beautiful character to the wood and fine hand-carvings of an urn and olive branches. An un...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XV Buffets

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Walnut

19th Century French Empire Walnut Fall-Front Secretaire
Located in Southampton, NY
Grey marble top above a single long drawer, two columns with gilded detailing on either side of fall-front desk enclosing six small drawers surrounding one larger drawer and original...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Secretaires

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Leather, Walnut, Giltwood

Late 19th Century French Walnut Vitrine Louis XV Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
Late 19th century French walnut Vitrine Louis XV Style.
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Antique 19th Century French Vitrines

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Walnut

19th Century Scandinavian Birch Empire Bureau Secretary with Bookcase, c. 1820
Located in Miami, FL
A very fine Scandinavian Empire/Biedermeier secretary in beautiful birch wood with mahogany interior, Denmark, circa 1820. The highly sculptural form makes this piece an outstanding ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Swedish Empire Secretaires

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Birch

Antique Bureau Desk, French, Escritoire, Oak, 19th Century, circa 1870
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique bureau desk, a French escritoire in oak dating to circa 1870. A fine example of its type in oak and mahogany Appealing biscuit hues in the wax polished finish ...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Desks

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Oak

19th Century Painted Italian 3-Drawer Commode
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century painted Italian 3-drawer commode.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Early 19th Century French Slant Top Painted Desk Louis XV Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
Early 19th century French slant top painted desk Louis XV style, one of a kind.
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Antique 19th Century French Desks

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Wood

Italian Polychrome Credenza or Buffet with Faux Marble Top, Early 19th Century
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful faux marble-top finish over a conforming base with two doors flanked by two rounded doors, each carved and painted with scrolling design and supports, opens to single she...
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Credenzas

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Wood

19th Century Two-door Sideboard French Louis Philippe Mahogany Two-Part Bookcase
Located in Milan, IT
This stunning flame mahogany bookcase on sideboard dates back to circa 1870, it is a two-part cabinet of French origin. It comes from a private residence in Milan and it is in good a...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis Philippe Bookcases

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Mahogany, Glass

19th Century Italian Louis Philippe Walnut Wood Writing Desk
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Elegant and essential antique Italian writing desk. Rare and precious veneered walnut wood. Comfortable size for a practical use. The desk has elegant turned legs. In the lower part ...
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Antique 1850s Italian Desks

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Walnut

19th Century French Painted Commode Louis XVI Style
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century French painted commode Louis XVI style.
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Antique 19th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

French 19th Century Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted and Vernis Martin Vitrine
By Vernis Martin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine French 19th century Louis XV Style gilt bronze-mounted and "Vernis Martin" style bombé tulipwood veneered vitrine cabinet with a Breche d' Alep marble top. The serpentine fron...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Ebonized French Commode
Located in London, GB
An ebonized mahogany French commode consisting four drawers, with brass handles, bone key surrounds and a good handcut dark grey marble top.      
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Antique 1860s French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

  • 19th Century Ebonized French Commode
  • 19th Century Ebonized French Commode
  • 19th Century Ebonized French Commode
  • 19th Century Ebonized French Commode
H 35.44 in. W 44.89 in. D 22.45 in.
19th Century Italian Renaissance Style Carved Walnut Sideboard Buffet Credenza
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Beautiful rare large sideboard from the 19th century in carved walnut wood. Walnut wood has a beautiful light patina. Door panels finely carved in walnut wood. On the front a sweet c...
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Antique 1880s Italian Sideboards

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Walnut

19th Century Italian Empire Walnut Commode or Chest of Drawers
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Important antique Italian Empire chest of drawers 1810s walnut wood. The commode is very refined linear and elegant. On the front two decorative pilasters. The walnut wood has a beau...
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Antique 1810s Italian Empire Dressers

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Walnut

French, 19th-20th Century Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Vitrine by Haentges
By Haentges Freres
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine French, 19th-20th century Louis XV style mahogany and gilt bronze-mounted Vitrine by Haentges Freres. The single door cabinet surmounted with ormolu mounts with floral motifs,...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV Vitrines

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Bronze, Ormolu

Polychromed Italian Neoclassical Style Chest, 19th Century
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful shades of pale green painted on this 19th century chest. The top depicting a putti amidst a wreath band flora, the case with a bank of three drawers, each in urn and scro...
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Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

19th Century English Mahogany Commode or Tall Chest of Drawers, 1850s
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique English chest of drawers 1850s in mahogany wood. Very linear and essential with four comfortable drawers. On the front drawers with a particular rounded shape. Above the draw...
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Antique 1850s English Dressers

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Mahogany

Superb 19th Century Moroccan Five-Drawer Mother of Pearl Inlay Dresser
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Stunning antique five-drawer wooden dresser chest of drawers with mother of pearl inlay from Morocan with Syrian pieces. This piece has a white mother of pearl front, brown sides wit...
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Antique 19th Century Moroccan Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mother-of-Pearl

19th Century Colonial Victorian Campaign Chest of Drawers
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Here we have a fine small military chest. The chest is made in two sections for the ease of transportation, either by sea or pack horse and mule. This particular chest would have be...
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Antique 1860s Great Britain (UK) Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Copper

20th Century French Drop-Front Oak Secretary Desk or Abattant
Located in Miami, FL
Secretaire a abattant, Spain circa 1900. The outside with fall front and one high drawer and one low door with compartment, beautiful marquetry oakwood . The wood inside opens to a c...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Biedermeier Secretaires

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Oak

19th Century Biedermeier's Mahogany Commode-Vertiko, 1840-1849, Germany
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Shipping to any US port only for $290 USD Biedermeier's commode (vertiko) Completely restored. Shellac polish used for the surface. Country of origin is Germany from period 1840-184...
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Antique 1840s German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany, Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Biedermeier's Walnut Commode-Vertiko, 1840-1849, Bohemia 'Czech'
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Shipping to any US port only for $290 USD Biedermeier's commode (vertiko) Completely restored. Shellac polish used for the surface. Country of origin is Czechia from period 1840-184...
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Antique 1840s Czech Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

19th Century Czech Bohemian Biedermeier Commode Vertiko, Cherry-Tree, 1820s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Shipping to any US port only for $290 USD Biedermeier's commode (vertiko) Completely restored. Shellac polish used for the surface. Country of origin is Czechia from period 1820-182...
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Antique 1820s Czech Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cherry, Wood, Lacquer

French Louis XVI Revival Two-Door Bookcase Vitrine Cabinet, circa 1880
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a 19th century, French, Louis XVI revival, two-door bookcase, vitrine or cabinet dating to circa 1880. Hand built to the highest level of craftsmanship In mahogany with e...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Bookcases

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Bronze

18th Century Style Italian Walnut Comodini
Located in San Francisco, CA
Handsome small Italian three-drawer walnut commode, probably made in the late 19th-early 20th century. Consisting of period and later construction.
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • 18th Century Style Italian Walnut Comodini
  • 18th Century Style Italian Walnut Comodini
  • 18th Century Style Italian Walnut Comodini
  • 18th Century Style Italian Walnut Comodini
H 27.5 in. W 25 in. D 13.75 in.
19th Century Military Campaign Chest of Drawers in Teak, circa 1870, No 23
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
19th century military campaign chest of drawers in Teak, circa 1870 No: 23 A 19th century military campaign teak chest of drawers circa 1870, the rectangular top over two short an...
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Antique 1870s British Victorian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

French Mahogany Sideboard
Located in New Orleans, LA
This magnificent French sideboard is a work of both massive size and extraordinary craftsmanship. Carved entirely from luxurious mahogany, the bold piece of furniture reaches a width...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Sideboards

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Mahogany

  • French Mahogany Sideboard
  • French Mahogany Sideboard
  • French Mahogany Sideboard
  • French Mahogany Sideboard
H 88 in. W 102 in. D 21.20 in.
Gustavian Style Dressers
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 19th century Swedish white-painted Gustavian-style dressers. Each with floral fluted detailing, three drawers, and brass fittings.
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Gustavian Dressers

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Pine

  • Gustavian Style Dressers
  • Gustavian Style Dressers
  • Gustavian Style Dressers
  • Gustavian Style Dressers
H 49 in. W 31.5 in. D 21.5 in.
French Louis XV Style Off-White Painted Wood Enfilade with Drawers and Doors
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style painted wood enfilade from the 19th century with three-drawers over three doors. This French long buffet features a rectangular wooden top with beveled edges ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Buffets

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Wood

Anglo-Japanese Set of Mahogany Wall Shelves in the Manner of E. W. Godwin
By Edward William Godwin
Located in London, GB
An Anglo-Japanese set of mahogany wall shelves in the manner of E. W. Godwin.   
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Antique Late 19th Century English Anglo-Japanese Shelves and Wall Cabinets

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Mahogany

Asian Finely Hand Carved Sideboard from Java, Indonesia
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Very special and unique, fabulous Indonesian sideboard, great quality and very fine hand carved chest of three drawers with two doors. Very interesting work, Anglo-Indian style flow...
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Antique 19th Century Indonesian Moorish Sideboards

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Wool

Antique & Good Size Early 1900s Tiger Oak Revolving Bookcase on Original Wheels
Located in Lisse, NL
Striking and sizeable oak bookcase with a gallery on top. Back in the earliest years of the 20th century not many people learned how to read. Even less people had the means to buy t...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Arts and Crafts Bookcases

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Brass

Antique English Mahogany Revolving Hidden Bar by "Halstaff and Co.", circa 1880s
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English mahogany revolving hidden bar with cut crystal barware, made by "Halstaff and Company" London, circa 1880s. Located at 228 Regent Street, Halstaff and Company was pr...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Dry Bars

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Crystal

Painted Italian Commode with Faux Marble Top
Located in Washington, DC
A painted Italian commode with faux marble top.  
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Antique 19th Century Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Paint, Wood

Period Neoclassical Walnut Marquetry Chest of Drawers in Style of Magglioni
By Giuseppe Maggiolini
Located in Essex, MA
Period Italian or Milan three-drawer marquetry chest of drawers or commode. --Beautiful original marquetry work of neoclassical trophy. --Laurel leaf wreath --Bellflowers etc.
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Antique Early 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of D...

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Satinwood, Walnut

Antique Pair of Chinese Red Lacquer Compound Storage Cabinets, Stacked
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
Of rectangular form, the pair of square corner compound cabinets consisting of two sections, the top section known as hat chest and the lower section cabinet, each section with a pai...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Ming Furniture

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Walnut Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Beautiful Biedermeier walnut veneer nightstand or pillar cabinet from Germany. Back and shelf is made of spruce wood as usual. The opening handles are made of brass. There is a drawe...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Cabinets

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Walnut, Pine

  • 19th Century Walnut Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
  • 19th Century Walnut Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
  • 19th Century Walnut Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
  • 19th Century Walnut Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
H 28.75 in. W 17.92 in. D 14.57 in.
Early 19th Century Small Cherry Nightstand or Pillar Cabinet
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Original Biedermeier solid cherrywood nightstand or pillar cabinet from Germany. Back and shelf is made of pinewood as usual. The opening handle is made of brass. The furniture is in...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Cabinets

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Cherry, Pine

Early 19th Century Biedermeier Walnut Half Cabinet or Sideboard
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very nice Biedermeier half cabinet or sideboard with two drawer an two-doors from the time, circa 1830. A wonderful walnut veneer picture on a pine wood corpus. The doors are also ve...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of Dra...

Materials

Oak, Walnut, Pine

19th Century Italian Charles X Mahogany Pair of Corner Cupboard Corner Cabinet
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Italian Charles X corner cupboard in precious mahogany wood and birch briar. The back inside is covered in green fabric. On the front two elegant decorative turned columns. Very part...
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Antique 1820s Italian Charles X Corner Cupboards

Materials

Mahogany

Biedermeier Cabinet Bookcase, Austria, circa 1830
Located in Lichtenberg, AT
Marvelous Biedermeier cabinet bookcase from the Biedermeier era, circa 1830 in Austria. Veneered in beautiful burr walnut and fine nut wood this slender antique cabinet features two ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Cabinets

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Blown Glass, Fruitwood, Nutwood, Burl

19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawer
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very beautiful Biedermeier chest of drawers with three drawers. The commode is made of solid and veneer cherrywood and dates circa 1840 from Austria. The inside of the drawers is mad...
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of D...

Materials

Brass

  • 19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawer
  • 19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawer
  • 19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawer
  • 19th Century Biedermeier Cherrywood Chest of Drawer
H 33.67 in. W 46.07 in. D 23.63 in.
19th Century Biedermeier Solid Cherrywood Chest Of Drawer
Located in Darmstadt, DE
Very beautiful Biedermeier chest of drawers with three drawers. The commode is made of solid cherrywood and dates circa 1825 from Austria. The inside of the drawers is made of spruce...
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Antique Early 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Commodes and Chests of D...

Materials

Brass

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19 Th Century Cabinets For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of 19 th century cabinets available for sale. Each of these unique 19 th century cabinets was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and mahogany. 19 th century cabinets have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. 19 th century cabinets made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Louis XVI — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made 19 th century cabinets over the years, but those made by François Linke, Paul Sormani and Gillows of Lancaster & London are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are 19 Th Century Cabinets?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $5,717, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $1,359,570 highest priced.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

Dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.