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1920s French Ebonized Mahogany Writing Desk
Located in Buchanan, NY
Early 20th century writing desk with three drawers. Ebonized Mahogany with original (distressed) leather. Sold as is.
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Desks

Materials

Mahogany

  • 1920s French Ebonized Mahogany Writing Desk
  • 1920s French Ebonized Mahogany Writing Desk
  • 1920s French Ebonized Mahogany Writing Desk
  • 1920s French Ebonized Mahogany Writing Desk
H 29.5 in. W 35.5 in. D 23.75 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.
1930s French Buffet
Located in Dallas, TX
Buffet with bronze detailing and intricate wood marquetry.
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Vintage 1930s French Buffets

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Wood

  • 1930s French Buffet
  • 1930s French Buffet
  • 1930s French Buffet
  • 1930s French Buffet
H 37 in. W 92.5 in. D 21 in.
Pierre Chapo Special Black Edition Wall-Mounted Book Shelve B17
By Pierre Chapo, Chapo Creation
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Special black edition of B17 wall-mounted book shelve designed by Pierre Chapo, circa 1970 in France. Manufactured by Chapo Creation, 2019. Oakwood. In original condition, with ...
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Wood

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

  • Ebonized French Commode
  • Ebonized French Commode
  • Ebonized French Commode
  • Ebonized French Commode
H 35.44 in. W 44.89 in. D 22.45 in.
Black Steel and Wood French Antique Safe, Black Drink Cabinet, Cocktail Cabinet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful French steel, wood and iron safe opening with its keys and its four letters' combination. Fully functional. It features two doors, one on the top and another one in its bas...
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Antique 1890s French Industrial Trunks and Luggage

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Steel, Iron

Important First Empire Commode
Located in London, GB
A French, First Empire commode of good quality. In flame mahogany, comprising four drawers, profusely decorated with gilt bronze mounts with detailed gilt bronze lion paw feet and a ...
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Antique 1810s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Important First Empire Commode
  • Important First Empire Commode
  • Important First Empire Commode
  • Important First Empire Commode
H 37.41 in. W 45.28 in. D 20.87 in.
Mahogany and Gilt Bronze First Empire Commode
Located in London, GB
A French, First Empire commode of good quality. In flame mahogany, comprising four drawers, profusely decorated with gilt bronze mounts with detailed gilt bronze lion paw feet and a ...
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Antique 1810s French Empire Commodes and Chests of Drawers

  • Mahogany and Gilt Bronze First Empire Commode
  • Mahogany and Gilt Bronze First Empire Commode
  • Mahogany and Gilt Bronze First Empire Commode
  • Mahogany and Gilt Bronze First Empire Commode
H 37.41 in. W 45.28 in. D 20.87 in.
20th Century French Walnut Brown Art Deco Dressing Mirror, Black glass, 1920s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Art Deco mirror Period: 1920-1929. Material: Walnut. Completely restored and the surface was made by lacquers to high gloss.    
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Cabinets

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Mirror, Wood, Walnut

Charlotte Perriand Mid-Century Modern Metal and Plastic File Rack, circa 1950
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
File rack designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Manufactured in France, circa 1950. Moulded plastic and painted metal. Each drawer moulded with Modele Charlotte Perriand o...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Metal

Charlotte Perriand Mid Century Modern Plastic And Metal File Rack, circa 1955
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
File rack designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1955. Manufactured in France, circa 1955. Moulded plastic and painted metal. Each drawer moulded with Modele Charlotte Perriand/Breve...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Metal

Charlotte Perriand Mid-Century Modern Metal and Plastic File Rack, circa 1950
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
File rack designed by Charlotte Perriand, circa 1950. Manufactured in France, circa 1950. Moulded plastic and painted metal. Each drawer moulded with Modele Charlotte Perriand o...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Metal

Black French 4-Drawer Cabinet
Located in Hawthorne, CA
Made in France, 20th century. Artist or manufacturer unknown. A glossy finish makes this a standout cabinetry piece as a buffet or bedroom furniture addition, or even a bar add-on.
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20th Century French French Provincial Cabinets

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Hardwood

  • Black French 4-Drawer Cabinet
  • Black French 4-Drawer Cabinet
  • Black French 4-Drawer Cabinet
  • Black French 4-Drawer Cabinet
H 23.75 in. W 58.5 in. D 33.25 in.
French Black Lacquered Display Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Large French neoclassic black lacquered display cabinet with mirrored interior and adjustable lighting, the glazed doors flanked by fluted Corinthian columns. Two shallow drawers to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Neoclassical Cabinets

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Wood

  • French Black Lacquered Display Cabinet
  • French Black Lacquered Display Cabinet
  • French Black Lacquered Display Cabinet
  • French Black Lacquered Display Cabinet
H 86 in. W 61.88 in. D 20.25 in.
French 1970s Black Lacquered Cabinet
Located in Long Island City, NY
A French 1970s black lacquered four-door cabinet with chrome pulls and a red painted interior.
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

  • French 1970s Black Lacquered Cabinet
  • French 1970s Black Lacquered Cabinet
  • French 1970s Black Lacquered Cabinet
  • French 1970s Black Lacquered Cabinet
H 49.22 in. W 35.44 in. D 17.72 in.
Black Art Deco Cabinet, France, circa 1930
Located in Girona, Spain
Black Art Deco cabinet Ebonized oakwood Unique design circa 1930, France Very good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets

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Oak

French Boulle Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Napoleon III glass-fronted boulle cabinet with domed top. Features black lacquered wood, inlaid marquetry and decorative cast brass figural mounts.
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

  • French Boulle Cabinet
  • French Boulle Cabinet
  • French Boulle Cabinet
  • French Boulle Cabinet
H 92 in. W 44 in. D 20 in.
French 1940s-1950s Design Black Oak Wooden and Glass Cabinet
Located in Halluin, FR
French Art Deco 1940s-1950s design black oak wooden and glass cabinet; amazing French workmanship, one door with lot of space, and 2 glass shelves. Full of charm and character, harmo...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets

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Glass, Oak

20th Century Black French Art Deco Ebonized Cabinet
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage French Art Deco cabinet with a lustrous ebonized black finish. The cabinet has two doors, followed by inner drawers, in good condition. Wear consistent with age and use, ci...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Wood

Antique French Vestments Cabinet in Oak, Black Granite Top
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Vestments cabinet, from an Orly convent, in oak, with a black polished granite top.   
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Early 20th Century French Other Cabinets

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Granite

Black With Brass 19th Century Napoleon III Cabinet, France
Located in New York, NY
19th century French Napoleon III ebonized black cabinet with decorative brass details. Original glass front panel doors. Three interior wooden shelves. Two are available and sold ind...
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

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Wood

French 19th Century Louis XV Style Black Lacquered, Ormolu and Cabinet
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant and most decorative French 19th century Louis XV style black lacquered, ormolu and Portor marble cabinet. The cabinet is raised by fine scrolled feet with delicate pierced...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

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Marble, Ormolu

Pair of fabulous French Macassar Ebony and Black Plexi Cabinets
Located in New York City, NY
Pair of Fine French Art Deco ebene de Macassar cabinets. Overall cubist design with double front doors bearing long rectangular openwork nickeled bronze handles. The sides feature st...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Nickel

Black High Gloss Art Deco Cabinet
Located in North York, ON
High gloss black cabinet featuring mirrored glass with two glass shelves and sliding glass doors. Bottom has two doors and shelves. Divided into three lower shelved storage compartme...
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Black High Gloss Art Deco Cabinet
  • Black High Gloss Art Deco Cabinet
  • Black High Gloss Art Deco Cabinet
  • Black High Gloss Art Deco Cabinet
H 63 in. W 44.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Cabinet Renaissance French 18th Century Oak France
Located in New York, NY
Cabinet Renaissance French 17th Century Oak France. A beautiful cabinet made during the Renaissance period ealry 18th in France. Interior with shelves. Gorgeous patina. All wood and ...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Renaissance Cabinets

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Wood

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Japanese Black Lacquer Cabinet
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A spectacular and important French 19th century Louis XVI style tulipwood, ormolu, Vert de Patricia marble and Japanese black lacquer cabinet. The Meuble à Hauteur d’Appui cabinet is...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Marble, Ormolu

20th Century Black Lacquered and Painted Chinoiserie Wood French Display Cabinet
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
French display cabinet from 20th century. Furniture in lacquered, painted wood adorned with high-relief chinoiserie figures in soapstone. Double body showcase with two doors in the u...
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Mid-20th Century French Cabinets

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Soapstone

Pair of French Boulle Side Cabinets
Located in Montreal, QC
This sumptuous pair of salon cabinets are what the French call meubles d'appui. Each is enclosed by a single glazed door and with canted sides. They are partie and contrepartie; that...
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Antique 1880s French Moorish Cabinets

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Bone

  • Pair of French Boulle Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Boulle Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Boulle Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Boulle Side Cabinets
H 43 in. W 36 in. D 12.5 in.
FRENCH NAPOLEON III BOULLE MUSIC CABINET
Located in New Orleans, LA
French Napoleon III boulle ( tortoishell and brass inlay) music cabinet with one door and two shelves all with ormolu mounts
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

Materials

Marble

  • FRENCH NAPOLEON III BOULLE MUSIC CABINET
  • FRENCH NAPOLEON III BOULLE MUSIC CABINET
  • FRENCH NAPOLEON III BOULLE MUSIC CABINET
  • FRENCH NAPOLEON III BOULLE MUSIC CABINET
H 42.5 in. W 33.5 in. D 14.5 in.
French Rosewood Two-Door Sideboard Cabinet
Located in Westport, CT
Small-scale French rosewood two-door sideboard cabinet, with two shelf interior and pedestal base. Simple design with large rosewood square pull.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Rosewood

Antique Altar Tabernacle Cabinets Black and Gold Wood, Carved Door, 1800, France
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Ancient altar tabernacle in black lacquered wood with gold sculpture finishes, all carved by hand, has an arched door that can be opened on the davanyti, so it can be used as cabinet...
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

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Wood

Black & White Cabinet Style Paco Rabanne
Located in Vlimmeren, BE
This black and white lacquered cabinet can be dated in the late 1960s-early 1970s. We’ve found similar cabinets from the Paco Rabanne collection, but this one is without the Paco Ra...
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Vintage 1970s French Modern Cabinets

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Wood

  • Black & White Cabinet Style Paco Rabanne
  • Black & White Cabinet Style Paco Rabanne
  • Black & White Cabinet Style Paco Rabanne
  • Black & White Cabinet Style Paco Rabanne
H 66.93 in. W 35.44 in. D 21.26 in.
Large French Pietra-Dura Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very imposing and good quality French ebonized ormolu-mounted two-door cabinet having five panels of hard-stone relief depicting flowers and birds and raised on ormolu-mounted brac...
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Antique 1860s French Cabinets

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Marble

  • Large French Pietra-Dura Cabinet, 19th Century
  • Large French Pietra-Dura Cabinet, 19th Century
  • Large French Pietra-Dura Cabinet, 19th Century
  • Large French Pietra-Dura Cabinet, 19th Century
H 50.79 in. W 68.12 in. D 17.33 in.
Claude Vassal French 50s Book shelf Cabinet
By Claude Vassal
Located in Westport, CT
Claude Vassal Rare and Unusual 1950's Tall Multiple Colored Glass panel Cabinet Book shelf Unit 77'' tall 49.50 wide 15'' deep bottom and 10'' deep top
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

Elegant Cabinet with Black Leather Top, in Style of Jacques Adnet, France, 1940s
By Jacques Adnet
Located in Den Haag, NL
Elegant cabinet with black leather top, in style of Jacques Adnet, France, 1940s. With fine brass details at the doors and brass feet with patina.    
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Vintage 1940s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Pierre Chareau Ebonized Tall Cabinet, France, 1925
By Pierre Chareau
Located in Miami, FL
The rectangular top with sliding black glass doors over two wood sliding doors again over black glass sliding doors above a base cabinet with doors and drawers. Sold Sothebys New Yor...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Pair of French Empire Mahogany Side Cabinets
By Bernard Molitor
Located in London, by appointment only
France, circa 1820. A very fine and rare pair of French Empire period cabinets in highly figured Cuban mahogany. Both cabinets opening to cupboard space and one with a additional ...
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Antique 1810s French Empire Cabinets

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Belgian Black Marble

  • Pair of French Empire Mahogany Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Empire Mahogany Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Empire Mahogany Side Cabinets
  • Pair of French Empire Mahogany Side Cabinets
H 37.8 in. W 27.76 in. D 17.33 in.
French Oak Cabinet or Bonnetiere, 18th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
18th Century French Oak Cabinet or Bonnetiere; Two Large Doors with Interior Shelves and Two Decorative Drawers
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Cabinets

Materials

Oak

French 19th Century Napoleon III Filing Cabinet
Located in Buchanan, NY
French ebonized mahogany Classeur Cartonnier, Ecritoire cabinet with 16 shelves. This piece is 19th century from the Napoleon III period. Sold as is.
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Antique 1860s French Napoleon III Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Napoleon III Cabinet Buffet Boulle Style, France, 1860
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in Chorzów, PL
Cabinet manufactured in the 19th century, in France, modeled on the 17th century, baroque furniture of the French ebéniste, A. Ch. Boulle. This piece of furniture is single-door cab...
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Antique 1860s French Napoleon III Cabinets

Materials

Tortoise Shell

French 19th Century Rare and Unique Cabinet
Located in Southampton, NY
French 19th century late Directoire cabinet painted black with gold classical motives Top selection having two small cabinets and centre shelves over the base of three drawers ove...
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

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Ebony, Paint, Wood

Pinewood Cabinet Veneered with a Mosaic of Black and Gold Ceramic
By WH Studio
Located in Paris, FR
A pinewood cabinet veneered with a mosaic of black and gold ceramic. The doors open onto an inside in oak fitted with shelves. The handle in bronze. Stamped WH STUDIO. Unique pièce.  
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21st Century and Contemporary French Cabinets

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Ceramic

19th Century Pair of Napoleon III Cabinets, France
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 19th century French Napoleon III ebonized black cabinets with decorative brass details. Original glass front panel doors. Three interior wooden shelves.
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

19th Century Napoleon III Style Black Column Cabinet
Located in Berlin, DE
An extraordinary column-style cabinet in classicist style. Solid, ebonized softwood. Octagonal shaped body on a slightly profiled multi-stepped base. Slightly protruding cover plate...
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Antique 19th Century French Napoleon III Cabinets

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Marble

19th Century French Boulle Ebonised Wood Glazed Cabinet
Located in Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire
19th century French boulle ebonized wood two door glazed cabinet with ormolu mounts and finely worked inlay in engraved brass on red underlaid tortoiseshell. Elaborately decorated...
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

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Glass

Antique French Directoire Glazed Cabinet with Crossed Gilt Arrows
Located in Chicago, IL
About as original as can be, this stellar antique only received a minimal amount of conservation in our highly regarded workshop. Constructed of exotic rosewood, the case packs quite...
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Mid-20th Century French Directoire Cabinets

Materials

Gold

Pair of Early 19th Century French Boulle Cabinets
By Etienne Levasseur
Located in Tyrone, Northern Ireland
An important pair of early 19th century French cabinets, almost certainly made by Pierre-Étienne  Levasseur. gilt bronze mounted ebony and ebonised, cut-brass, pewter and faux tor...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Empire Cabinets

Materials

Brass

French Art Deco Palissander Cabinet with Nickeled Bronze Hardware
Located in New York City, NY
French Modernist sideboard in exquisite palissander showing fine detailed craftsmanship. The wood grain runs horizontal while the cabinet boasts square edges cornered by radius curve...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Cabinets

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Palisander

Maison Jansen Style Black Lacquer and Gilt Cabinet or Server
By Maison Jansen
Located in Atlanta, GA
Maison Jansen style black lacquer and gilt cabinet or server, second available Maison Jansen style black lacquer and gilt cabinet or server, of rectangular form fitted with two 20" ...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Cabinets

Materials

Brass

French Art Deco Two-Door Palisander Cabinet with Nickeled Mounts
Located in New York City, NY
Elegant French Art Deco credenza circa 1930 in palisander with sweetheart curved double door front meeting at a central slightly rounded vertical element. Nickel plated bronze escutc...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Cabinets

18th-19th Century French Cabinet, Old Paper Label
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century French cabinet, old paper label.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Cabinets

French Black Lacquer and Brass Glazed Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
A Napoleon III black lacquer and brass vitrine, French, circa 1870. With three internal adjustable shelves. Glazed front and sides, front opening door with key.  
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Vitrines

Materials

Brass

1770s Antique French Country Louis XV Pewter Jelly Cupboard Cabinet
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Antique 18th century country French Hutch with 2 shelves over 3 doors containing 1 shelf.
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Antique 18th Century French Country Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Black Lacquer Burl Wood Brass Cabinet Sideboard by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Maison Romeo, Jean Claude Mahey
Located in Paris, FR
Glossy black lacquer, paired with beautiful burl wood inlay and bright brass accents, feels crisp and luxe on this beautiful sideboard cabinet. Its boxy, simple style is typical of b...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

French Art Deco Low Cabinet by René Drouet and Gaston Suisse
By Gaston Suisse, René Drouet
Located in Bridgewater, CT
An unusual asymmetrical cabinet designed by René Drouet and decorated by Gaston Suisse from circa 1930s, at the time being used as a foyer piece. In black lacquer wood, door surround...
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Vintage 1930s French Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Iron Safe Cabinet by Gruson France with Many Keys, circa 1920
By François Gruson
Located in Roubaix, FR
Iron safe cabinet by François Gruson France 2 outside keys 1 key for inside safe box and key for code. Weight about 260 kg.
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Vintage 1920s French Industrial Cabinets

Materials

Brass, Iron

Pair of Small Black Lacquer Cabinets Nightstands by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Romeo Paris, Jean Claude Mahey
Located in Paris, FR
Glossy black lacquer, paired with bright brass accents, feels crisp and luxe on this pair of small cabinets. Their boxy, simple style is typical of both the 1970s and designer Jean C...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

French Ebonized and Hardstone Cabinet in the Italian Renaissance Style
By Befort Jeune
Located in London, GB
A side cabinet of the French Second Empire period in the manner of Befort Jeune Constructed in bois norc¸i, inlaid with brass fillets, extensively dressed with gilt bronze mounts,...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Empire Cabinets

Materials

Stone

Early 19th Century French Cabinet with Chinese Lacquer
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Good quality, early 19th century French cabinet/buffet, with Chinese lacquer. Having two drawers with brass mouldings with gilt detail. The two cabinet doors open to reveal divided s...
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Antique Early 19th Century Cabinets

Materials

Marble

Pair of Small Black Lacquer Cabinets Nightstands by J.C. Mahey, 1970s
By Romeo Paris, Jean Claude Mahey
Located in Paris, FR
Glossy black lacquer, paired with bright brass accents, feels crisp and luxe on this pair of small cabinets. Their boxy, simple style is typical of both the 1970s and designer Jean C...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

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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. 

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