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Barley Twist Etagere

English Style Barley Twist Etagere Display Shelves by John Richard
By John Richard
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Barley Twist Etagere Display Shelves by JOHN RICHARD Approximate Measurements in Inches 85" high
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Mahogany

Barley Twist Five Tier Graduated Etagere
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century five tier graduated etagere / shelf with barley twist legs topped with hand carved
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Antique 19th Century English Shelves

Materials

Mahogany

Barley Twist Five Tier Graduated Etagere
Barley Twist Five Tier Graduated Etagere
H 57.75 in W 31 in D 11.75 in
Antique 19th Century Walnut Barley Twist Bookcase Etagere
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Handsome dark walnut barley twist open book case. The six shelves of variegated sizes with a
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Antique English Barley Twist Carved Fruitwood Wall Shelf / Etagere
Located in Kennesaw, GA
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Located in Winter Park, FL
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2 Antique Victorian Carved White Etagere Stands Bookcases Wall Shelves Boho Chic
Located in Dayton, OH
. Feature turned barley twist supports and spindle galleries surrounding each tier.
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Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
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English Victorian Mahogany
English Victorian Mahogany
H 66 in W 27.5 in D 21 in

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Barley Twist Etagere For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal barley twist etagere for your home. Each barley twist etagere for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, mahogany and walnut. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect barley twist etagere — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A barley twist etagere, designed in the Victorian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made barley twist etagere over the years, but those crafted by John Richard are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Barley Twist Etagere?

Prices for a barley twist etagere start at $1,000 and top out at $3,250 with the average selling for $2,665.

Finding the Right storage-case-pieces for You

Of all the vintage storage cabinets and antique case pieces 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, Poul Cadovius 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 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. Alternatively, apothecary cabinets are charming case goods similar in size to early dressers or commodes but with uniquely sized shelving and (often numerous) drawers.

Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard that features colored glass and metal details, 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.

Questions About Barley Twist Etagere
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    A barley twist lamp is a table lamp or floor lamp that has a spiraling base. Usually, the bases are solid mahogany wood, but other types of wood and even metal are sometimes used. Find a variety of lamps from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    A classic barley twist refers to a specific attribute of a piece of furniture. The “twist” refers to a furnishing’s twisted form — in a table’s legs or in its trim, for example — that resembles a twisted stalk of barley sugar. The twist was frequently made of beech or walnut.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The term “barley twist” refers to thin spiraling forms. Most often when barley twist is used, it relates to furniture. During the 19th century, many chairs, tables and casegoods featured barley twist legs. You can find a range of barley twist furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Barley twist legs were originally cut by hand until the invention of the lathe, which assisted with creating the twisted design. Barley twist legs are named after sticks of barley sugar and feature a spiral look. Browse a selection of furniture featuring barley twist legs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Barley twist furniture dates back to the Jacobean and Stuart eras in England and the Louis XIII and Louis XIV eras in France. During this time, many furniture makers produced chairs, tables and case goods with twisty legs. The name barley twist comes from barley sugar candy enjoyed at the time. Shop a range of barley twist furniture on 1stDibs.

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