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Bombe Chest with Ormolu Trim, circa 1900
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French marquetry bombe chest with three drawers, bronze trim and hardware and the original marble top.
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Early 20th Century French Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Ormolu

Pair of French Commodes Bombe' Form with Elaborate Bronze Mounts
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of French commodes with bronze doré mounts cross match kingwood veneers Pale cream marble.
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood

Magnificent 19th Century Marble-Top Bombe Commode from France
Located in Pully, CH
Magnificent 19th century marble-top two-drawer bombe commode from Paris, circa 1880. This commode is made from rosewood and features exquisite floral marquetry decoration and origina...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Italian Olive Wood Bombe Secretary
Located in Tarrytown, NY
1950s olive wood secretary from Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Secretaires

  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Secretary
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Secretary
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Secretary
  • Italian Olive Wood Bombe Secretary
H 75.5 in. W 42 in. D 15 in.
Gold Four Sided Bombe Vitrine
Located in Wilson, NC
Gold four sided Bombe vitrine, has a double compartment. Long doors fold down to expose an upper glass shelf and black velvet on the lower shelf. The cabriole legs have carved acanth...
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Vintage 1920s English Vitrines

Materials

Fabric, Glass, Wood, Paint

  • Gold Four Sided Bombe Vitrine
  • Gold Four Sided Bombe Vitrine
  • Gold Four Sided Bombe Vitrine
  • Gold Four Sided Bombe Vitrine
H 27 in. W 53 in. D 21.5 in.
Dutch Marquetry Bombe Display Cabinet
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
This 19th century Dutch marquetry inlaid cabinet has an upper case with a domed stepped cornice over a single glazed door and glazed canted corners, the interior fitted with three sh...
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Antique 18th Century Dutch Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Dutch Marquetry Bombe Display Cabinet
  • Dutch Marquetry Bombe Display Cabinet
  • Dutch Marquetry Bombe Display Cabinet
  • Dutch Marquetry Bombe Display Cabinet
H 73.5 in. W 39.5 in. D 16.5 in.
French Bombe Slant Front Ladies Desk
Located in Wilson, NC
French Bombe slant front ladies desk, the slant front is painted with a figure of a woman holding a stylized caduceus in her left hand, and a dove in her right hand. The top is paint...
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Antique Early 1900s French Desks

Materials

Brass

  • French Bombe Slant Front Ladies Desk
  • French Bombe Slant Front Ladies Desk
  • French Bombe Slant Front Ladies Desk
  • French Bombe Slant Front Ladies Desk
H 38.5 in. W 27 in. D 16 in.
Italian Rococo Walnut Bombe Sideboard
Located in New York, NY
Italian Rococo (18th Century-Veneto Region) walnut bombe shaped sideboard cabinet with molded gilt trim edge with a floral design crowned with a shaped grey marble top.
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Antique 18th Century Italian Rococo Sideboards

Materials

Marble, Gold Leaf

  • Italian Rococo Walnut Bombe Sideboard
  • Italian Rococo Walnut Bombe Sideboard
  • Italian Rococo Walnut Bombe Sideboard
  • Italian Rococo Walnut Bombe Sideboard
H 36 in. W 94.75 in. D 37 in.
French 19th-20th Century Baroque Revival Carved Oak Bombé Figural Bombé Vitrine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A French 19th-20th century Baroque Revival carved oak Bombé figural vitrine. The single front-door display cabinet with bowed front and side beveled glass panels, with two interior g...
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Antique Early 1900s French Baroque Revival Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Oak

18th Century Dutch Bombe Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Exceptional example of 18th century Dutch display cabinet Three bombe drawers with original hardware Glass panels on upper cabinet are individually inset Side panels are glass.
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Antique 1710s Belgian Dutch Colonial Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Pine

  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Cabinet
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Cabinet
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Cabinet
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Cabinet
H 96 in. W 73 in. D 22 in.
19th Century Bombe Marquetry Secrétaire à Abattant, Marble Top and Bronze Mounts
Located in Miami, FL
19th century bombe marquetry secrétaire à abattant, marble top and bronze mounts. Offered for sale is a late 19th century Louis XV style bombe marquetry secrétaire à abattant with...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Secretaires

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Early Dutch Bombé Marquetry Display Cabinet
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Dutch marquetry cabinet, large angular form with shaped cornice with a floral basket marquetry panel over double glazed doors in the centre (one escutcheon but lacking the key) flank...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Rococo Cabinets

Italian Rococo Style Walnut Bombé Cabinet
Located in Cypress, CA
Elegant Italian Rococo style walnut bombé side cabinet on cabriole legs, made early 20th century, has two small drawers above cabinet.
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Early 20th Century Italian Rococo Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

18th Century Dutch Marquetry Bombé Bureau
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a top quality late 18th century Dutch Marquetry Bureau. The bureau is profusely inlaid all over with various birds and flowers, butterflies etc. The fall front opens to r...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Desks

Materials

Walnut

Italian Rococo Style Walnut Bombe Secretary Cabinet
Located in Cypress, CA
Fine Italian Rococo style walnut veneered bombe secretary cabinet. The shaped surmount is over a mirrored door revealing several fitted compartments and two small drawers, above a s...
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20th Century Italian Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

Dutch Rococo Style Bombe Burled Walnut Secretaire
Located in Chicago, IL
Dutch Rococo style burled walnut bombe front secretaire with carved ball and claw feet. Three drawers with cast brass pulls and cast brass detailed key holes. Drop front top door ope...
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Vintage 1940s Dutch Rococo Revival Secretaires

Materials

Brass

18th Century Antique Dutch Bombe Chest
Located in Dallas, TX
18th century antique Dutch bombe chest, original hardware, newer paint in warm, creamy ivory and blue green. The original use for this piece was likely in a dining area or kitchen, w...
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Antique 18th Century Danish Cabinets

Materials

Wood

  • 18th Century Antique Dutch Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Antique Dutch Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Antique Dutch Bombe Chest
  • 18th Century Antique Dutch Bombe Chest
H 88.5 in. W 57.75 in. D 18.75 in.
Dutch 1850s Rococo Revival Painted Cabinet with Glass Doors and Bombé Drawers
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Dutch Rococo Revival painted cabinet from the mid 19th century with two glass doors over three drawers and original hardware. This painted cabinet, born in the Netherlands during t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Dutch Rococo Revival Cabinets

Materials

Metal

French Chinoiserie Lacquered Bombe Writing Desk or Bureau
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An elegant French Chinoiserie lacquer Louis XV style bombe writing desk, the leather drop-front writing surface opening to reveal a lacquered interior fitted with two drawers, the wh...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Desks

Materials

Lacquer

Pair of Biedermeier 1840s Walnut Cabinets with Bombé Doors and Semi-Columns
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of Biedermeier period walnut cabinets from the mid 19th century, with single door and semi-columns. Created in Austria during the second quarter of the 19th century, each of t...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Flemish Style Bombe Secretary Bookcase by Marge Carson
By Marge Carson
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A large and flamboyant cabinet in the Flemish style, by Marge Carson, Inc., 2004. In a fine distressed ecru with gilt trim finish. The scrolled crest rail with a shell center over do...
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Early 2000s American Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Glass, Wood

Antique Dutch Painted Bombe Linen Press Cabinet
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Stately and impressive white washed 18th century Dutch linen press cupboard perfect as dining room china cupboard, entertainment center, bar or armoire. Linen press has three deep dr...
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Antique 18th Century Dutch Baroque Cupboards

Materials

Oak

  • Antique Dutch Painted Bombe Linen Press Cabinet
  • Antique Dutch Painted Bombe Linen Press Cabinet
  • Antique Dutch Painted Bombe Linen Press Cabinet
  • Antique Dutch Painted Bombe Linen Press Cabinet
H 95.25 in. W 60.25 in. D 25 in.
18th Century Dutch Pine Bombe Press
Located in Wilson, NC
18th century Dutch pine bombe press has wire mesh doors and a carved birch crest in the pediment. There is exposed peg construction.   
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • 18th Century Dutch Pine Bombe Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Pine Bombe Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Pine Bombe Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Pine Bombe Press
H 91 in. W 70 in. D 27 in.
French Regence Provinical Bombe Commode Carved and Paint Decorated, 18th Century
Located in Bridgeport, CT
In cream paint with carved decoration in pale grey. A plank top and recessed shaped sides, three drawers with grey scrolled motifs, the centre ones with faux escutcheons, and fine br...
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Antique 18th Century French Régence Dressers

Materials

Wood

White And Gilt Paint Lacquered Louis XV Style Bombe Nine Drawer Dresser
Located in Stamford, CT
White lacquered Louis XV style bombe dresser. Fabulous Louis XV style nine-drawer dresser. White and gilt paint decorated. Superb quality on this oak secondary solid walnut cabinet. ...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XV Dressers

Italian Olive Burl Wood Bombe Secretary with Matching Chair
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Italian bombe drop front secretary cabinet in olive wood with the matching chair. Two drawers with brass hardware and exquisite cabriole legs. Expert craftsmanship and desig...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Baroque Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Mid 20th Century Venetian Style Bombe Vitrine
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
A mid 20th c. carved and paint decorated two part bombe vitrine. The top having two doors inset with brass grillwork above a bombe form three drawer commode.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Baroque Vitrines

Materials

Pine

  • Mid 20th Century Venetian Style Bombe Vitrine
  • Mid 20th Century Venetian Style Bombe Vitrine
  • Mid 20th Century Venetian Style Bombe Vitrine
  • Mid 20th Century Venetian Style Bombe Vitrine
H 87.5 in. W 50.5 in. D 21 in.
Large Antique French Burr Walnut Bombe Shaped Sideboard
Located in Norwich, GB
A magnificent large antique French burr walnut bombe shaped sideboard having so many exquisite features. It boasts an elegant thumb moulded edge, three drawers to the frieze which ar...
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Antique Early 1900s English Victorian Sideboards

Materials

Brass

White and Gilt Gold Decorated Louis XV Style Bombe Dresser Carrara Marble Top
Located in Stamford, CT
A white and gilt gold decorated Louis XV style dresser. The white and gray veined, one" thick, Carrara marble top supported by a white lacquered dresser base. The case having a group...
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Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Dressers

Materials

Wood

Verne Martin One Door Bombe Cabinet, circa 1880
Located in Washington Crossing, PA
Verne Martin one door bombe cabinet with gilt bronze mounts, circa 1880. Measures: 39 1/4" H x 29" W.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Cabinets

Materials

Bronze

Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Kingwood Desk with Bombe Cabinet
Located in Milford, NH
An exceptional Louis XV style kingwood shaped single drawer desk with bombe cabinet, a conforming writing surface with tooled gilt border detail, mounted decorative figural and folia...
Category

20th Century French Louis XV Desks

Materials

Kingwood

Antique 19th Century Dutch Oak Drop Front Bombe Secretary
Located in Charleston, SC
Antique 19th century Dutch oak drop front bombe secretary with a 3-drawer bombe front and carved ball and claw feet. The drop front has writing area and stepped drawers and a well wi...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Secretaires

Materials

Oak, Paint

Italian Walnut Drop-Front Bombe Secretary in Louis XV Style
Located in Chicago, IL
Italian drop front Louis XV style bombe secretary/chest with three drawers. Brass Rococo pulls and escutcheons with a pair of keys that function. Drawers retain the original book pap...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Secretaires

Materials

Brass

Antique Dutch Floral Marquetry Inlaid Bombé Bureau, 18th Century
Located in Glasgow, GB
A 19th century Dutch marquetry inlaid bombé bureau profusely decorated all-over with marquetry depictions of flowers, urns and birds. With a rectangular flap opening to reveal a stri...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Dutch Colonial Desks

Materials

Brass

Regence Period Walnut Bombé Commode, Early 18th Century
Located in valatie, NY
This exceptional walnut bombé commode from the Regence period. It has four beautifully shaped drawers with original rocaille decorated ormolu mounts. The top two drawers have a rare ...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Régence Dressers

Materials

Walnut

Dutch Model of a Bombe Bureau Inlaid with Fruit Woods, circa 1860
Located in Stamford, GB
A Dutch walnut and marquetry inlaid salesman's model of a Bombe Bureau inlaid with fruitwoods. With seven miniature top drawers, a writing table two main drawers, lovely detail and v...
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Antique 19th Century European Dutch Colonial Desks

Materials

Fruitwood

18th Century French Louis XV Carved Walnut Bombe Secretary Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
Crafted in Bordeaux, France, circa 1760, the antique "secretaire a abattant" with upper display shelving is built in two sections. The top part features a curved bonnet cornice with ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

Antique French Floral Paint Decorated Bombe Music Cabinet, Circa 1890
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique French Bombe music cabinet offers wood construction with hand painted floral reserves, scroll, foliate and gadroon elements, shaped top over shelf and single door cabinet,...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Rococo Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Wood

Antique Italian or Dutch Small Rococo Bombe Secretary Desk w/ Marquetry, c 1870
Located in Miami, FL
An exquisite 19th century Rococo secretary in mahogany with bombe front & sides, with floral & foliate inlays in tulipwood, kingwood & satinwood on the top, front panels of the drawe...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Dutch Rococo Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany, Satinwood, Kingwood, Tulipwood

Dutch Rococo Bombe Marquetry Inlaid Dropfront Desk, Late 18th Century
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top above a drop front revealing an interior writing surface with chubby holes and drawers above a freeze flanked by pencil drawers and four (4) further drawers termi...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Rococo Desks

Materials

Wood, Wood

19th Century Gustavian Painted Bombè Chest of Drawers, Sweden
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Swedish 19th Century Gustavian Style painted bombè chest of drawers
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Rococo Dressers

Materials

Wood

Antique 19th Century Empire Dutch Bombe Solid Oak Cabinet
Located in Casteren, NL
An elegant Dutch cabinet or cupboard that was made in The Netherlands, circa 1820s. It was completely made in the best quality fine European oak. It has a bombe base ending on claw ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Dutch Empire Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Rococo Bombé Vitrine Bookcase with Gilt Bronze Mounts, France 1880
Located in Chicago, IL
French Rococo Bombé Vitrine or Bookcase with an outstanding curvaceous shape which epitomizes the fine craftsmanship of the Rococo style. Bois De Violette “Kingwood” herringbone patt...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

Materials

Bronze

Italian Provincial Bombe Form Tall Narrow China Cabinet Vitrine, Circa 1940
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
2 doors on top containing 2 glass shelves. 6 drawers. Window glass no beveling. Measures: 88" H x 50 3/4' W x 19 1/4" D.
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Vintage 1940s Italian French Provincial Vitrines

Materials

Walnut

20th Century Burl Walnut Bombe Secretary Bookcase with Etched Glass Doors
Located in Savannah, GA
Italian Bombe secretaire with a distinct burl walnut grain. Highlights include the original wrought iron hinges, a hand carved decorative crown and etched mirrored panels featuring a...
Category

Vintage 1920s Italian Louis XV Secretaires

Materials

Walnut, Burl, Mirror

18th C. Dutch Marquetry Inlay Drop Front Secretary Desk Bombe Commode Secretaire
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique Dutch marquetry hand inlaid bombe form drop front desk or secretaire, circa 1790. This remarkable item is heavily inlaid throughout including a beautiful console table with f...
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Antique 17th Century Dutch Dutch Colonial Secretaires

Materials

Walnut

French Provincial Louis XV Country Sienna Cherry Bombe Commode Chest Dresser
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Provincial Louis XV Country style Sienna cherry bombe commode chest dresser. Item features panel carved sides, solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved det...
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Mid-20th Century North American French Provincial Dressers

Materials

Cherry

Dutch Rococo Revival 1890s Bombé Vitrine Display Cabinet with Glass Doors
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Dutch walnut Rococo Revival bombé vitrine with glass doors and single drawer from the late 19th century. This wooden vitrine was born in the Netherlands in the 1890s. Featuring exq...
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Antique Late 19th Century Dutch Rococo Revival Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Walnut, Wood

Louis XV French Hollywood Regency Style Bombe Commode Nightstands, Jimeco, Pair
By Jimeco ltda
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Louis XV French Hollywood Regency style bombe commode nightstands by Jimeco. Item features silver or gold leaf finish, shapely bombe form, original label, 2 drawers, tapered ...
Category

Late 20th Century Colombian Hollywood Regency Dressers

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Dutch Mahogany Press with Bombe Base
Located in Woodbury, CT
Dutch mahogany linen press having shaped doors with applied moldings; Bombe base with four-drawer (two over two). The waved, arching pediment sets the tone for the lines below. Beaut...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Georgian Linen Presses

Materials

Mahogany

  • Dutch Mahogany Press with Bombe Base
  • Dutch Mahogany Press with Bombe Base
  • Dutch Mahogany Press with Bombe Base
  • Dutch Mahogany Press with Bombe Base
H 90 in. W 65 in. D 22.5 in.
18th Century French Louis XV Carved Bombe Cherry Desk Secretary from Bordeaux
Located in Dallas, TX
Put a sophisticated spin on your study or office with this elegant antique slant front desk, or "commode scriban". Carved in Bordeaux, France circa 1760, the "secretaire a abattants"...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Secretaires

Materials

Leather, Cherry

Reproduction French Louis XV Style Pink Marble Top Bombe Commode Dresser Chest
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Reproduction French Louis XV style pink marble top bombe commode dresser chest. Item features pink shaped marble top, shapely bombe form, bronze ormolu with ram's heads, 4 drawers, n...
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Late 20th Century Asian Louis XV Dressers

Materials

Marble

Rococo Vernis Martin Bombé Cabinet, Paris, 1880
Located in Chicago, IL
French Louis XV style Vernis Martin bombé cabinet epitomizing the fine craftsmanship of the Rococo style. This romantic shapely cabinet would work nicely in any room as a dry bar, of...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Dry Bars

Materials

Breccia Marble, Bronze

Antique 18th Century Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Burr Walnut Bombe Slope-Front Bureau
Located in Charleston, SC
Finest antique Dutch marquetry inlaid burr walnut bombe' shape slope-front bureau with exceptional fitted interior and baize writing surface Please note extraordinary cast brass h...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Baroque Desks

Materials

Walnut

Dutch Rococo 1780s Walnut Vitrine with Bombé Chest, Glass Doors, Hunting Trophy
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Dutch Rococo period walnut vitrine cabinet from the late 18th century, with hand carved hunting trophy, glass doors and bombé chest. Born in the Netherlands in the later years of t...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Rococo Vitrines

Materials

Bronze

Dutch Walnut Display Cabinet or Vitrine of Bombe Form, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Dutch walnut display cabinet or vitrine, of Bombe form set on ball and claw feet with shaped and carved top, 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Louis XV French Style Reproduction Bombe Curio China Cabinet Vitrine with Bronze
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Louis XV French style reproduction bombe curio cabinet vitrine with bronze ormolu. Item features figural bronze ormolu, upholstered interior, bombe form, four curved glass exterior p...
Category

Late 20th Century Louis XV Cabinets

Materials

Bronze

19th Century Dutch Walnut Bombe Mirrored Display Cabinet with Foliate Marquetry
Located in Milford, NH
A spectacular Dutch two-part display cabinet with molded cornice around a center foliate crest surmounting a conforming upper case with mirrored back and two glass shelves, glass pan...
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Antique 19th Century Dutch Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

18th Century French Bombe Leather Trunk with Bronze Mounts and Decorative Nails
Located in Dallas, TX
Store blankets or other bedding in this beautiful antique leather trunk. Crafted in the Pyrenees of France, circa 1780, this blanket chest makes a visual statement no matter the room...
Category

Antique Late 18th Century French Gothic Blanket Chests

Materials

Brass, Bronze

18th Century Dutch Bombe Linen Press
Located in Southampton, NY
A lovely linen press or kast with bombe front, two doors over three long drawers with carved bonnet and resting on the original feet, Dutch, 1700s. It is impressive looking without b...
Category

Antique 18th Century Dutch Baroque Linen Presses

Materials

Wood

  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Linen Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Linen Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Linen Press
  • 18th Century Dutch Bombe Linen Press
H 95 in. W 62 in. D 22.5 in.
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Bombe Case Pieces And Storage For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic piece of bombe case pieces and storage available at 1stDibs. An item from our selection of bombe case pieces and storage — often made from wood, metal and stone — can elevate any home. Find 848 options for an antique or vintage choice in our collection of bombe case pieces and storage now, or shop our selection of 1 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the object in our assortment of bombe case pieces and 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 option in this array of bombe case pieces and storage, designed in the Louis XV, Rococo or Baroque style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. A well-made piece of bombe case pieces and storage has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Baker Furniture Company, John Widdicomb and Maison Jansen are consistently popular.

How Much is a Bombe Case Pieces And Storage?

Prices for a piece of bombe case pieces and storage can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $295 and can go as high as $195,000, while the average can fetch as much as $4,450.

Finding the Right Commodes and Chests of Drawers for You

Is it a commode or a chest of drawers?

Commode is the French term for a low chest of drawers, but it is also sometimes used to denote a piece with a particularly intricate design. The commode dates to circa 1700 France, where it was used as an alternative to a taller cabinet piece so as to not obscure paneled, mirrored or tapestried walls. Coffers, or chests, which were large wooden boxes with hinged lids and sometimes stood on ball feet, preceded chests of drawers, a fashionable cabinet furnishing that garnered acclaim for its obvious storage potential and versatility.

As time passed, French and British furniture makers led the way in the production of chests of drawers, and features like the integration of bronze and ornamental pulls became commonplace. Antique French commodes in the Louis XV style were sometimes crafted in mahogany or walnut, while an Italian marble top added a sophisticated decorative flourish. This specific type of case piece grew in popularity and double chests — tallboys and highboys, which were essentially one chest on top of another — followed.

So, what makes a chest of drawers different from a common dresser? Dressers are short, and chests of drawers are overall taller pieces of furniture that typically do not have room on the top for a mirror as most dressers do. Some chests of drawers have one column of four to six long drawers or three long drawers in their bottom section that are topped by a cluster of small side-by-side drawers on the top. To further complicate things, we sometimes refer to particularly short chests of drawers as nightstands.

Even though chests of drawers are commonly thought of as bedroom furniture to store clothing, these are adaptable pieces. A chest of drawers can house important documents — think of your walnut Art Deco commode as an upgrade to your filing cabinet. Nestle your chest near your home’s front door to store coats and other outerwear, while the top can be a place to drop your handbag. Add some flair to your kitchen, where this lovable case piece can hold pots, pans and even cookbooks.

When shopping for the right chest of drawers for your home, there are a few key things to consider: What will you be storing in it? How big a chest will you need? Speaking of size, don’t dream too big. If your space is on the smaller side, a more streamlined vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers, perhaps one designed by Paul McCobb or T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, may best suit your needs.

At 1stDibs, we make it easy to add style and storage to your home. Browse our collection of antique and vintage commodes and chests of drawers today.