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Chinese Antique Two-Toned Stacking Storage Cabinet with Doors and Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese two-toned stacking cabinet from the early 20th century, with doors and drawers. Found in Taiwan, this Chinese cabinet attracts our attention with its two-toned pat...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Chinese Antique Side Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Antique Elm wood Side Cabinet. Ming style clean lines side cabinet night stand. Elmwood Side cabinet with shelf inside. Traditional timeless design with a modern sensibility. This is...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Cabinets

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Elm

  • Chinese Antique Side Cabinet
  • Chinese Antique Side Cabinet
  • Chinese Antique Side Cabinet
  • Chinese Antique Side Cabinet
H 27 in. W 24.5 in. D 18 in.
Antique Chinese Alter Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, TX
49.5? Antique Chinese alter cabinet 2 Door red cabinet hand painted in seasonal flowers. Violets and peonies are prominent with birds intermingled on top and below on cabinet doo...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique Chinese Alter Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Alter Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Alter Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Alter Cabinet
H 33 in. W 49.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Antique Chinese Carved Hongmu Display Cabinet
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
This Intricately carved Hongmu this multi layered cabinet with removable pediment, the cabinet is carved heavily with Dragons and exotic fruits and flowers, the lower doors have cher...
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Antique 1880s Chinese Chinese Export Cabinets

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Wood

  • Antique Chinese Carved Hongmu Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Carved Hongmu Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Carved Hongmu Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Carved Hongmu Display Cabinet
H 78.75 in. W 42.92 in. D 15.36 in.
Antique Edwardian Chinese Chippendale Mahogany China Cabinet Etagere Curio
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 2 piece Edwardian mirrored china, curio cabinet, or barback, circa 1900s. Top section comprised of 6 beveled mirrors and large cabinet, surmounted by carved latice canopy, pi...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chippendale Cabinets

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Mirror, Mahogany

38.5″ Antique Qing Dynasty Paneled Chinese Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, TX
38.5? Antique Chinese paneled cabinet Fujian China Richly patinaed cabinet with hand painted panels in gold depicting regional floral and fauna motifs. The chest has three upp...
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Wood

Antique Chinese Hardwood Display Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique Chinese hardwood display cabinet having a pierced gallery top above stepped shelves and supported by turned columns, four inlaid cupboards doors and two drawers with carved h...
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Antique 19th Century Unknown Victorian Cabinets

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Hardwood

  • Antique Chinese Hardwood Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Hardwood Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Hardwood Display Cabinet
  • Antique Chinese Hardwood Display Cabinet
H 38.98 in. W 31.5 in. D 7.88 in.
Antique Chinese Cabinet, Wardrobe in Dark Elm wood.
Located in Schellebelle, BE
Beautiful Old Chinese storage cabinet in elm wood, 19th century very good and old patina two drawers in the interior and two drawers on the lower part and a removable middle stile...
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Antique 1890s Chinese Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique Chinese Cabinet, Wardrobe in Dark Elm wood.
  • Antique Chinese Cabinet, Wardrobe in Dark Elm wood.
  • Antique Chinese Cabinet, Wardrobe in Dark Elm wood.
  • Antique Chinese Cabinet, Wardrobe in Dark Elm wood.
H 88.59 in. W 43.31 in. D 21.26 in.
Antique Asian Red Lacquer Oriental Chinese Wedding Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Asian red lacquer oriental Chinese wedding cabinet. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, distressed red finish, nicely carved details, 2 swing doors, ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Cabinets

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Wood, Lacquer

19th Century Antique Chinese Chinoiserie Hand-Painted Lacquer Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique Chinese lacquer cabinet from the original Spago restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, currently being remodeled. Patinated bronze hardware.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Cabinets

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Bronze

Antique 19th Century Qing Chinese Cabinet
Located in Pasadena, TX
Created in China during the Qing Dynasty, this cabinet features two doors, fitted with a bronze medallion. Four straight legs with carved apron in the front. Beautiful patina in dark...
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Antique Late 19th Century Asian Qing Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique 19th Century Qing Chinese Cabinet
  • Antique 19th Century Qing Chinese Cabinet
  • Antique 19th Century Qing Chinese Cabinet
  • Antique 19th Century Qing Chinese Cabinet
H 38 in. W 40 in. D 27.5 in.
Antique Extra Large Chinese Apothecary / Medicine / Herbal Cabinet
Located in Charlotte, NC
An antique Chinese apothecary / medicine / herbal cabinet, unbranded. Large and impressive. Elm wood with brass hardware, decoratively carved Chinoiserie filigree apron and straight ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Apothecary Cabinets

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Brass

Pair of Antique Chinese Cabinets with Reverse Painted Glass Panels
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of antique Chinese cabinets in elmwood with reverse painted glass planels depicting the four seasons. These early 20th century cabinets are highly decorative and colorful with...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Brass

Rare Antique Hand-Carved Chinese Cabinet with Monkeys Sideboard Bookcase Drawers
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this absolutely stunning hand-carved Chinese cabinet with drawers depicting bird’s, flowers and large monkeys A truly stunning find, the plinth...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Cabinets

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Teak

Antique Chinese Display Cabinet with Hand Painted Chinoiserie and Open Shelf
Located in Yonkers, NY
Chinese 19th century antique display cabinet with hand painted chinoiserie scene, open shelf, two doors and carved accents. Born in China in the 19th century, this exquisite display ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Superb Antique 19th Century Chinese Chippendale Carved Mahogany Display Cabinet
By Gillows of Lancaster & London
Located in Portland, OR
A rare & superb quality antique 19th century Chinese Chippendale, Centenial, carved mahogany display cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, circa 1890. The cabinet made from t...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Chinese Chippendale Cabinets

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Mahogany

Chinese Antique Two-Toned Cabinet with Inlaid Calligraphy Motifs and Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique cabinet from the 20th century, with inlaid calligraphy motifs, inner shelves and drawers. Created in China during the 20th century, this antique cabinet features an...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Chinese Antique Elmwood Side Cabinet with Carved Panels and Hidden Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese elmwood side cabinet from the early 20th century with carved panels and hidden drawers. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this elmwood side cabin...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Elm

Pair of Antique Chinese Display Cabinets with Hand Painted Chinoiserie Motifs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of Chinese tall display cabinets from the 19th century, with hand-painted Chinoiserie décor depicting people and traditional architectures in a landscape. Born in China during...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Pair Antique Chinese Qing RED Cabinet Wedding Dowry Chests Travel Trunk, 1900s
Located in National City, CA
We are presenting: 1900s Chinese Qing Dynasty -pair of antique wood cabinets with aged metal transportation hardware cabinet designed for traveling front doors have 3 locks. One c...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Cabinets

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Metal

Antique Georgian Chippendale Crotch Mahogany Breakfront China Display Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
Monumental Chippendale double breakfront, circa 1880s. Made from mahogany with a large and elegant upper illuminated display section. Includes four adjustable shelves, a silk backing...
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Antique 1880s Chippendale Cabinets

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Glass, Mahogany

Pair of Chinese Antique Red Lacquer Small Cabinets with Drawers and Doors
Located in Yonkers, NY
A pair of Chinese antique red lacquered cabinets from the early 20th century, with doors and drawers. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, each of this pair o...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Antique Chinese Dark Brown Altar Shrine Cabinet with Inner Carved Gold Décor
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese dark brown lacquer altar shrine from the early 20th century, with carved giltwood motifs. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this dark br...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood, Giltwood

Chinese Antique Side Cabinet with Low-Relief Carved Motifs and Weathered Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese antique side cabinet from the early 20th century, with low-relief carved motifs. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this side cabinet features a r...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Antique Victorian Oak Curve Glass Display Curio China Cabinet
Located in North York, ON
Antique Victorian oak curve glass display Curio China cabinet. Black oak antique Victorian carved display china cabinet finished in a hand polished satin ebonized lacquer. Price i...
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Vintage 1920s American Victorian Cabinets

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Glass, Mirror, Oak

Chinese Antique Elm Two-Toned Cabinet with Cut Bronze Hardware and Yellow Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese elmwood two-toned cabinet from the early 20th century, with cut bronze hardware and brushed yellow hued patina. Attracting our attention with its clean lines and t...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Bronze

Antique RJ Horner School Oak China Cabinet, 20th Century
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique china cabinet in the manner of R.J. Horner offers quarter sawn oak construction with shaped and mirrored backsplash surmounting bow front case with curved glass single doo...
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20th Century American Cabinets

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Metal

Antique R J Horner School Oak & Leaded Glass China Cabinet, C1900
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique China cabinet in the manner of RJ Horner offers shaped backsplash having beveled mirror medallions and spindle rails over case with single leaded glass central cabinet fla...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Cabinets

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Wood, Oak, Glass

Antique Bookcase Display Cabinet from China
Located in Round Top, TX
Great architectural lines define this open style bookcase. The raw, rather organic finish of the natural wood compliments the simple lines which make it an outstanding display cabine...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Bookcases

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Wood

Chinese Antique Elm and Burlwood Two-Toned Side Cabinet with Doors and Drawers
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese two-toned elm and burlwood side cabinet from the early 20th century, with two drawers and doors. Created in China during the early years of the 20th century, this ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Elm, Burl

Antique Original Painted Chinese Bookcase Cabinet
Located in Round Top, TX
The beauty of this Chinese cabinet is the original painted finish, including flourishes and flowers. It was restored at an earlier date with a high gloss finish, enhancing and protec...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Bookcases

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Wood

Auffray & Co French Provincial Antique Distressed Style Bookcase China Cabinet
By Auffray Furniture
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Auffray made some of the finest French furniture ever made in the United States. Their quality and design was second to none and made to look like an authentic antique and beautifull...
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Vintage 1960s American French Provincial Cabinets

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Oak

Antique English George III "Chinese Chippendale" Bookcase or Display Cabinet
By Thomas Chippendale
Located in Charleston, SC
Fabulous quality antique English George III diminutive size, carved and fretted mahogany "Chinese Chippendale" bookcase or display cabinet Please note superbly "blind fretted" and c...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Cabinets

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Mahogany

Antique Cabinet in Elm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very solid and well-built hutch with three doors above, a center cabinet with two doors and three drawers below. Note the delicate carvings on the feet and apron.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique Cabinet in Elm
  • Antique Cabinet in Elm
  • Antique Cabinet in Elm
  • Antique Cabinet in Elm
H 56 in. W 41 in. D 17 in.
Antique Chinese Qing Rosewood Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Apothecary Cabinet 1850
Located in Portland, OR
A fine & rare antique Chinese Qing dynasty rosewood and Mother-of-Pearl inlaid apothecary cabinet, circa 1850. The cabinet having a hinged top inset with two dark marble panels and ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Apothecary Cabinets

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Marble

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Walnut Display China Cabinet, Scotland 1910, B2868
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Edwardian inlaid walnut display China cabinet, Scotland 1910, B2868 Scotland 1910 Solid walnut & veneer Original finish Three quarter inlaid gallery to the top Inlaid ...
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Vintage 1910s Scottish Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique R. J. Horner School Deeply Carved Stick & Ball Oak Corner China Cabinet
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique R.J. Horner School oak corner china cabinet features upper mirrored gallery backsplash flanked by deeply carved and pierced scroll and foliate supports with stick and ball su...
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20th Century American Cabinets

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Glass, Mirror

Antique Charles II Georgian Japanned Carved Lacquer China Cabinet on Base
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Charles II Georgian Japanned carved lacquer China cabinet on base. Item features ornate lacquer decorated case, solid carved walnut stretcher base, red lacquer interior, leat...
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Early 20th Century European Charles II Cabinets

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Wood, Lacquer

Antique English Georgian Style Mahogany Corner China Cabinet Display Case Curio
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique English Georgian style mahogany corner China cabinet display case curio. Item features individual panes of glass, pencil inlay, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain,...
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Late 20th Century English Georgian Cabinets

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Glass, Mahogany

Antique Victorian Golden Oak Bookcase Hutch Buffet China Cabinet Tall Cupboard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Victorian golden oak cabinet. Item features two-part construction, wire front doors, draped interior, solid oakwood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved details,...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Cabinets

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Oak

Antique American Victorian Paw Feet Carved Mahogany China Cabinet Bookcase Curio
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Victorian paw feet carved mahogany China cabinet bookcase curio with 2 drawers. Item features beautiful wood grain, nicely carved details, 2 beveled glass swing door...
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Late 20th Century North American Victorian Cabinets

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Glass, Mahogany

Antique Chinese Wooden Chest of Drawers
Located in High Point, NC
A wooden chest of drawers from China, produced circa 1900. Managing a willowy body while standing at a height of just over three feet, this chest features a row of two sliding drawer...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Country Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique Chinese Wooden Chest of Drawers
  • Antique Chinese Wooden Chest of Drawers
  • Antique Chinese Wooden Chest of Drawers
  • Antique Chinese Wooden Chest of Drawers
H 39.6 in. W 19.7 in. D 19.7 in.
Antiqued French Revival Mahogany Buffet Deux Corps Hutch China Curio Cabinet 88"
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage carved deux corps wedding / marriage buffet / china hutch / curio cabinet / bookcase featuring embellished foliage and flowers in carved relief with a central flower filled b...
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Cabinets

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Glass, Mahogany

Fine Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A stunning example of the red lacquer chinoiserie cupboard. A grand visual impression, beautiful gilt. With a center shelf, with drawer, and a compartment below the bottom shelf. Lov...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

  • Fine Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet
  • Fine Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet
  • Fine Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet
  • Fine Antique Chinese Painted Cabinet
H 78.5 in. W 53 in. D 22 in.
Antique Victorian Tiger Oak Carved Paw Feet Sideboard Buffet China Cabinet Base
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Victorian tiger oak carved paw feet sideboard buffet with bow curved glass china cabinet base. Item features (4) curved glass panels, serpentine front, beveled glass mirror b...
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Antique 19th Century North American Victorian Cabinets

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Glass, Mirror, Oak

Antique Mahogany Chinese Chippendale Hollywood Regency Chest Dresser Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Mahogany Chinese Chippendale style Hollywood Regency Chest Dresser Cabinet. Item features cedar lined drawer, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved det...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Dressers

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Mahogany

Antique Mahogany Chinese Chippendale Pagoda Fretwork Display Curio Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Chinese chippendale display curio or vitrine cabinet, circa 1940s. Pagoda form top, carved door opening to interior with two adjustable height glass shelves, glass sides and ...
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Vintage 1940s Chinese Chippendale Vitrines

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Glass, Mirror, Mahogany

Emerald Green Chinese Cabinet Inset with Gilt Antique Panels
Located in Chicago, IL
According to the original owner's family, this cabinet was constructed in the 1950s. 19th century carved gilt panels were incorporated into the design, a la James Mont.
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Sideboards

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Gold Leaf

Antique Carved Hardwood Chinese Altar Console Table Sideboard Buffet Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique carved hardwood Chinese altar console table sideboard buffet. Item features custom glass top, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved details, 2 swing do...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Sideboards

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Brass

Antique 19th Century Chinese Red Lacquered Elm Wedding Cabinet
Located in Baambrugge, NL
A beautiful antique 19th century Chinese wedding cabinet. This antique marriage cabinet is made of solid elm, hand painted with red lacquer and gilded throughout with very fine decor...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

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Elm

Original Red Painted Lacquered Antique Display Cabinet Bookcase from China
Located in Round Top, TX
Absolutely stunning, this original red painted lacquered china cabinet still maintains dramatic gold painted birds, trees, butterflies and figures found throughout the casework. The ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Bookcases

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Wood

Antique Red Lacquer Kitchen Cabinet with Lattice Fretwork & Relief Carved Panels
Located in 10 Chater Road, HK
Fine red lacquer kitchen cabinet The cabinet with an ice-plate edged top, supported on square-sectioned side posts, a pair of doors, flanked by a door on either side, all opening ...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Softwood, Lacquer

Antique Chinese Chinoiserie Ming Rosewood Etagere Bookcase Console Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Chinese Chinoiserie Ming Rosewood etagere cabinet. Made of solid rosewood featuring tiered upper bookcase curio shelving with two lower drawers and one cabinet. Measures: ...
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Early 20th Century Ming Shelves

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Rosewood

Antique Chinese Side Chest with Carved Motifs, Two Drawers and Double Doors
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Chinese side chest from the early 20th century, with two drawers, carved motifs and double doors. Born in China, this side chest features a rectangular top with central bo...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Antique English Plum Pudding Georgian Breakfront Bookcase China Cabinet
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a beautiful carved and antique breakfront. It's made of plum pudding mahogany and just as handsome as can be. Dates to the 1890s-1900 era. 6 door. 4 drawer. Measures: 84 1/2"...
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Antique Early 1900s European Georgian Bookcases

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Mahogany

Pair Antique Chinese Tables, Mahogany Sideboards Console Tables Cabinet
Located in Potters Bar, GB
- Pair stunning Chinese mahogany sideboards or servers - Great look to this eye catching pair, very interiors driven look - In fact we've used these tables to photograph some of ou...
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Vintage 1920s Sideboards

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Hardwood

19th Century Qing Antique Chinese Alter Console
Located in Pasadena, TX
41? 19th century antique Chinese Alter console Qing period piece featuring three drawers with brass pulls. Carved apron and sides featuring floral motifs. Measures: 41 W x 18 D...
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Antique 1890s Asian Qing Cabinets

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Elm

Chinese Antique Ming Dynasty Style Red Rose Console Cabinet with Everted Flanges
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Ming Dynasty style red rose butterfly console cabinet from the 19th century, with everted flanges, double doors and carved panels. Crafted in China during the 19th century,...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Ming Credenzas

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Bronze

Antique French Parquetry Bronze Ormolu Display China Cabinet Breakfront
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent antique French two tiered display cabinet breakfront with marble top credenza and bronze ormolu mounts and supports. The piece consists of a vitrine mounted on to a botto...
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Early 20th Century Baroque Vitrines

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Chinese Antique Armoire with Burl Wood Panels and Brass Hardware
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique armoire with burl wood panels and original brass hardware from 19th century China. This Chinese antique armoire was made with inset burl wood panels and brass hardware. Th...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Brass

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Antique Chinese Cabinet Storage For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more in our collection of antique Chinese cabinet storage on 1stDibs. A piece of antique Chinese cabinet storage — often made from wood, glass and hardwood — can elevate any home. There are 337 variations of the antique or vintage item from our selection of antique Chinese cabinet storage you’re looking for, while we also have 2 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. There are many kinds of the choice in our collection of antique Chinese cabinet storage you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of antique Chinese cabinet storage made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Arts and Crafts — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made option in this array of antique Chinese cabinet storage over the years, but those crafted by R.J. Horner & Co., Modshop and Liberty of London are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Antique Chinese Cabinet Storage?

Prices for a piece of antique Chinese cabinet storage can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $235 and can go as high as $35,900, while the average can fetch as much as $2,825.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, 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.

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