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Rene Drouet Attributed, Art Deco walnut and Thuya Burr Cabinet
By René Drouet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rene Drouet attributed, Art Deco walnut and thuya burr cabinet. Ivory and interior in sycamore veneer. Secret drawers, original bronzes. Fully restored. Fresh varnish.
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Secretaires

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Bronze

Antique Burr Elm Side Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Terrific graining on this burr elm side cabinet, with a nice thick top with interesting knot holes and old repair. Sweet little drawer, and a small bronze knob. Lovely turned tear dr...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Elm Side Cabinet
H 32.5 in. W 17.25 in. D 12 in.
Antique Burr Walnut Open Bookcase Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique burr walnut cabinet with bookshelves above the cupboards. This is a very useful piece of furniture, which could fit in many locations in the home. The top & the sides a...
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Vintage 1930s English Queen Anne Cabinets

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Walnut

Fine George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet
Located in Lymington, GB
A fine English George I period burr (burl) walnut secretaire cabinet. Early 18th century, ca 1720. The top section separates from the base and opens to reveal numerous fitted drawer...
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Antique 18th Century English George I Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique Georgian Style Burr Walnut Cabinet
Located in London, GB
A very well made burr walnut cupboard on cupboard, in the antique Georgian style. This was made in England & dates from around the 1950’s period. It is of excellent quality, with ...
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Vintage 1950s English Georgian Cabinets

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Walnut

Mid Victorian Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A mid Victorian burr walnut display cabinet, of rectangular breakfront form, with four glazed doors and sides, mirror-backed with two adjustable glass shelves, decorated with delicat...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Mid Victorian Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
  • Mid Victorian Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
  • Mid Victorian Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
  • Mid Victorian Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
H 42 in. W 82.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet
By Lamb of Manchester
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A superb quality burr walnut cabinet of upright rectangular form with three small drawers disguised in a frieze above three glazed cupboards between pilasters, the upper section comp...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet
  • Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet
  • Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet
  • Superb Quality Burr Walnut Antique Cabinet
H 56 in. W 42.5 in. D 20 in.
Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Terrific graining on this burr elm side cabinet, with a nice thick top. Sweet little drawer, and a hand-turned small knob. Lovely classic Louis Philippe feet. Great storage for a pra...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Cabinets

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Elm

  • Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
  • Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
H 30.5 in. W 17 in. D 14.5 in.
Outstanding Quality Antique Burr Walnut Cocktail Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Outstanding quality antique burr walnut cocktail cabinet. The top section boasts a polished top and a carved walnut pediment above a pair of quality burr walnut doors with deligh...
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20th Century English Cabinets

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Walnut

19th Century Burr Walnut Dentist Cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
19th century burr walnut dentist cabinet, the top section having a carved shell top gallery with decorative finials either side, the cylinder opening to reveal a mirror and white mar...
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Antique 1860s American Cabinets

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Walnut

George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet on Chest
Located in Lymington, GB
This remarkable English, early 18th century, well-figured burr walnut and feather banded secretaire cabinet is in lovely condition, with excellent color and patina. Circa 1720. The ...
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Antique Early 18th Century English George I Cabinets

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Walnut

  • George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet on Chest
  • George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet on Chest
  • George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet on Chest
  • George I Burr Walnut Secretaire Cabinet on Chest
H 71.25 in. W 43.5 in. D 20.25 in.
Original Art Deco Cabinet in Burr Walnut
Located in Eindhoven, NL
Impressive Art Deco cabinet with sliding glass doors at the top. Made in walnuts and burr walnut. In the bottom doors, a star is visible in the pattern. Many corners are beautifully ...
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Vintage 1930s English Art Deco Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Original Art Deco Cabinet in Burr Walnut
  • Original Art Deco Cabinet in Burr Walnut
  • Original Art Deco Cabinet in Burr Walnut
  • Original Art Deco Cabinet in Burr Walnut
H 64.57 in. W 55.12 in. D 23.63 in.
Early 19th Century Burr Oak Cabinet
Located in Greenwich, CT
Very fine early 19th century burr oak cabinet, the pediment with three bronze stars over two glazed doors, the lower cabinet with single fitted drawer over two cupboard doors conceal...
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Antique 1810s North American Regency Cabinets

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Ash, Birch, Burl, Oak, Pine

  • Early 19th Century Burr Oak Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Burr Oak Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Burr Oak Cabinet
  • Early 19th Century Burr Oak Cabinet
H 82.5 in. W 43 in. D 19 in.
Antique Quality Burr Walnut Bow Fronted Cocktail Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Antique quality burr walnut bow fronted cocktail cabinet having a shaped cornice above a pair of delightful burr walnut bow fronted moulded panel doors opening to reveal a fitted int...
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Early 20th Century English Cabinets

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Walnut

Quality Antique Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Music Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality antique Victorian inlaid burr walnut music cabinet having the original brass pierced gallery quality inlaid burr walnut top with a moulded edge above a single burr walnut gla...
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Antique Early 1900s English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Display Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality antique Victorian burr walnut inlaid display cabinet having a quality burr walnut top above a walnut frieze with attractive satinwood inlay. The walnut and glazed door opens ...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
A beautiful burr walnut and glass display cabinet in the antique Queen Anne style. This was made in England, it dates from around the 1930’s. It is a lovely size and is very well ...
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Vintage 1930s English Queen Anne Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique Burr Walnut Cocktail Drinks Cabinet by Hille
By Hille
Located in London, GB
This is an extremely rare drinks cabinet made by the famous cabinet makers Hille of London circa 1920s period and it’s absolutely top quality throughout. The Hille name is stamped on...
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Vintage 1920s British Queen Anne Cabinets

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Brass

19th Century Burr Walnut Inlaid Music Cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
19th century burr walnut inlaid music cabinet, the wonderfully figured and shaped top having a floral inlay at the centre, decorated with a engraved turned rail, having a single glaz...
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Antique 1860s British Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Mid-18th Century Burr Amboyna Bureau Cabinet
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A quite exceptional mid-18th century burr amboyna bureau cabinet. The timber particularly beautifully marked, the reverse serpentine interior with eight drawers and a cupboard reveal...
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Antique Mid-18th Century Dutch Cabinets

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Amboyna

Large Figured and Burr Walnut Inverted Breakfront Antique Bookcase
By Walnut Cabinet Works
Located in Antrim, GB
Large figured and burr walnut inverted breakfront antique bookcase Blind fretwork and burr walnut panelled doors. Adjustable shelves Measures: 99ins high x 20.5ins deep x100i...
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Bookcases

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Walnut

1930's Pair of Art Deco Burr Walnut Bedside Cabinets
Located in London, GB
A beautiful pair of original Art Deco period bedside cabinets in Walnut. These were made in England, they date from the 1930’s. They are of amazing quality, have a beautiful desig...
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Cabinets

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Walnut

Outstanding Quality Antique Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Outstanding quality antique Victorian inlaid burr walnut side cabinet having a beautiful quality crossbanded walnut top. It boasts a pretty inlaid walnut frieze above a pair of outst...
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Antique 19th Century English Cabinets

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Walnut

Superior Quality Antique Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Superior quality antique Victorian inlaid burr walnut side cabinet having a stunning quality crossbanded walnut top. It boasts a decorative inlaid walnut frieze above a pair of super...
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Antique 19th Century English Early Victorian Cabinets

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Ormolu

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Collectors Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a superb quality antique Victorian burr walnut collectors cabinet, circa 1860 in date. The entire piece highlights the unique and truly exceptional pattern and colour of ...
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Cabinets

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Marble

Exhibition Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Carved Display Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Magnificent exhibition quality antique 19th century Victorian burr walnut carved breakfront display cabinet having a wonderful breakfront glazed top with beautifully finished finely ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Outstanding Quality Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Music Cabinet/Canterbury
Located in Norwich, GB
Outstanding quality Victorian inlaid burr walnut music cabinet/canterbury. This exceptional piece boasts an original brass pierced gallery above a fine inlaid burr walnut top with a ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut, Satinwood

Mid-20th Century Burr Birch Cabinet by Bodafors
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality 1 piece cabinet by smf bodafors circa 1940. Double door cabinet with a partially fitted interior of drawers and shelves divided by a central partition. Below which ar...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Birch

19th Century Victorian Burr Walnut Low Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful Victorian burr walnut and tulipwood double door low display cabinet, circa 1860 in date. It has been accomplished in the very best quality burr walnut with fabul...
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

19th Century Victorian Burr Walnut Marquetry Pier Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful antique Victorian pier cabinet, circa 1870 in date. It has been accomplished in burr walnut with fabulous floral marquetry decoration. Adding to its truly u...
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Antique 1870s English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Art Deco Drinks Cabinet Epstein Cocktail Chest Burr Walnut, 1930
Located in Potters Bar, GB
Epstein art deco drinks cabinet in burr walnut Stands on the cabriole legs with elegantly carved shell motif cartouche Cabinet opens out to reveal mirrored interior and glass shelv...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Cabinets

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Walnut

Outstanding Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Marquetry Inlaid Side Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Outstanding quality antique Victorian burr walnut floral marquetry inlaid side cabinet having a magnificent figured walnut top with stunning marquetry inlaid frieze above an outstand...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

19th Century Burr Yew Wood and Inlaid Corner Cabinet
Located in Martlesham, GB
A highly decorative 19th century burr yew wood and inlaid corner cabinet by “Druce & Co” of London, the shaped top crossbanded and having decorative boxwood and chequered inlay with ...
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Antique 1850s British Early Victorian Cabinets

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Yew

Antique 19th Century Victorian Burr Walnut Inlaid Music Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality 19th century antique Victorian burr walnut inlaid music cabinet having an appealing original brass gallery, a beautiful quality burr walnut top with urn and stringing boxwood...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique English 19th Century Victorian Burr Walnut Dentist's Collector's Cabinet
Located in Glasgow, GB
A super Victorian figured walnut dentist’s cabinet attributed to ‘The Dental Manufacturing Co. Ltd’ . The top with an arched back and three quarter moulded gallery with turned finial...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Marble, Metal

Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza Cabinet
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
An exhibition quality mid 19th century burr walnut Credenza, or side cabinet, of good bold proportion Having superbly figured top over two panelled Central doors, flanked by bowed...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Credenzas

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Walnut

  • Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza Cabinet
  • Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza Cabinet
  • Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza Cabinet
  • Victorian Burr Walnut Credenza Cabinet
H 45.5 in. W 73.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Burr-Amboyna, Marble, Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cabinet by Maison Krieger
By Maison Krieger
Located in London, GB
This beautiful display cabinet was crafted by the prestigious furniture company, Maison Krieger. The firm was founded in 1826 by Antoine Krieger. Over the course of the 19th century,...
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Antique Early 1900s French Empire Cabinets

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Marble, Bronze

Early 19th Century Regency Burr Walnut Cabinet with Satinwood Inlay
Located in Dublin 8, IE
Early 19th century Regency burr walnut cabinet with satinwood inlay. The top four doors enclosing fitted interior both top and bottom doors are glass.
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Antique 1810s Irish Regency Cabinets

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Glass, Satinwood, Walnut

Victorian Burr Walnut Sevres Plaque Mirror Back Credenza Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a monumental fine and rare antique Victorian burr walnut and amboyna, Sevres porcelain and ormolu-mounted breakfront mirror backed credenza, circa 1860 in date. The well fi...
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Cabinets

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Ormolu

Pair of 19th Century English Victorian Burr Walnut Marquetry Pier Cabinets
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality pair of Victorian burr walnut and inlaid pier cabinets, each having a single glazed door flanked by gilt metal mounts and decorative marquetry inlays, open...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Brights of Nettlebed Burr Walnut Media Cabinet Television Stand Chest of Drawers
By Brights of Nettlebed
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this 1 of 2 lovely Brights of Nettlebed media cabinets in Burr Walnut As mentioned I have a pair of these, this one has a media cupboard to the ...
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20th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Sublime circa 1740 Portuguese Burr Walnut Campaign Cabinet on Stand Bank Drawers
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally rare 18th century circa 1740 Burr Walnut Portuguese east indies chest on stand A very fine and well made piece hence it has ...
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Antique 1740s Portuguese George II Cabinets

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Walnut

Superb Old English Burr Walnut and Hand-Carved Georgian Style Drinks Cabinet
Located in Charleston, SC
Extraordinary quality Old English bookmatched burr walnut and hand-carved Georgian style drinks cabinet "Reproduced" from an original early 18th century George I cabinet. These dr...
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Mid-20th Century English Georgian Cabinets

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Walnut

Burr Yew Wood Record Player Cabinet Cupboard Hidden as Regency Chest of Drawers
Located in GB
We are delighted to this lovely Record Player burr yew wood cupboard which is hidden as a Regency style chest of drawers A very well made and decorative piece of metamorphic furni...
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20th Century English Regency Cabinets

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Yew

Bevan Funnell Wood Sample Cabinet 100s of Timber Samples Burr Yew Walnut Oak
By Bevan Funnell Ltd.
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this original Vintage wood sample cabinet from Bevan Funnell This cabinet has hundreds of wood samples in all kinds of woods, Burr walnut, Yew, ...
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20th Century English Modern Cabinets

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Oak

Stunning Pair of Burr Yew Wood Office Filing Cabinets with Green Leather Tops
Located in GB
Wimbledon-Furniture Wimbledon-Furniture is delighted to offer for sale this lovely pair of burr yew wood filing cabinets with gold leaf embossed green leather tops Please note ...
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20th Century English Georgian Cabinets

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Leather, Yew

Burr Walnut circa 1920 Art Deco Drinks Cabinet Mirrored Back Lovely Tallboy Size
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely circa 1920 Art Deco burr walnut drinks cabinet with mirrored back A good looking and functional piece of furniture, the timber patin...
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Vintage 1920s English Art Deco Cabinets

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Mirror, Burl

Antique Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This antique Queen Anne style burr walnut cabinet has a wonderful warm mellow color and is in excellent condition, dating from the 1920s period. It has a serpentine shaped front with...
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Vintage 1920s British Queen Anne Cupboards

Materials

Birch

Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Whatnot
Located in Norwich, GB
Beautifully crafted and designed 19th century Victorian burr walnut whatnot. The top having a very pretty shaped fretwork gallery, wonderful coloured walnut shelves, supported by eig...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Whatnot
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Whatnot
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Whatnot
  • Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Whatnot
H 50.79 in. W 21.66 in. D 11.03 in.
Victorian Burr Walnut Secretaire Wellington Chest
Located in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
A Victorian burr walnut secretaire wellington chest of a good original colour and patina: the interior veneered in maple and still with its original green Morocco leather, well carve...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique Small Credenza Cabinet Burr Walnut Ormolu Mounted
Located in Antrim, GB
Superb quality Victorian inlaid burr walnut ormolu mounted antique baby credenza cabinet with bowed shelved sides and glass paneled center door of small porportions Measures: 48ins ...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian Credenzas

Materials

Walnut

19th Century Burr Walnut Credenza
Located in Martlesham, GB
A fabulous quality 19th century burr walnut credenza, the shaped moulded top with satinwood crossbanding, above a gilt metal stiff leaf frieze and a central glazed and shaped cabinet...
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Antique 1860s British Early Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Credenza
H 43 in. W 64 in. D 15 in.
Pair Antique Pier Cabinets, English Burr Walnut Victorian
Located in Potters Bar, GB
- Pair of gorgeous antique Victorian pier cabinets in burr walnut - Lovely ormolu fixtures including rosettes and sabots - Insides are mirrored, great for displaying decorative pie...
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Antique 1890s Victorian Cupboards

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Walnut

Louis Philippe Antique French Burr Elm Side Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
Terrific graining on this burr elm, with a nice marble top. Sweet little drawer with a molded edge, and a hand-turned small knob. Lovely classic Louis Philippe feet. Great storage...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis Philippe Cupboards

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Marble

19th Century Burr Walnut Breakfront Credenza
Located in Martlesham, GB
A fabulous quality 19th century burr walnut and inlaid breakfront credenza, the shaped, crossbanded and wonderfully figured top above an inlaid frieze decorated with ormolu beading a...
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Antique 1870s European Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Breakfront Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Breakfront Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Breakfront Credenza
  • 19th Century Burr Walnut Breakfront Credenza
H 43.75 in. W 73 in. D 16.5 in.
19th Century English Victorian Burr Walnut Chiffonier
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality Victorian burr walnut chiffonier, having three shelves each with a pierced fret work gallery, above two glazed doors. The chiffonier remains in very good c...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Antique Credenza, English, Burr Walnut, Sideboard, Display Cabinet, Regency
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique credenza. An English, burr walnut sideboard or display cabinet, dating to the Regency period, circa 1820. Striking craftsmanship testament to the inherent quali...
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Antique Early 19th Century British Credenzas

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Walnut

Gilt-Bronze Mounted Burr Amboyna and Mahogany Vitrine Cabinet
Located in Palm Beach, FL
A gilt-bronze mounted burr amboyna and mahogany vitrine cabinet French, circa 1900 All sides fitted with beveled glass and opening to shelves, Measures: Height 63.25 in. (160.65 c...
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Antique Early 1900s Vitrines

Materials

Wood

20th Century Burr Birch Cutlery Cabinet by Bodafors
By Bodafors
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality cutlery cabinet by well known Swedish makers Bodafors, circa 1950. Quarter veneer panel to the front below which applied carved swags and foliage. Standing on 4 ca...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sideboards

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Birch

Antique Burr Walnut Chest on Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique Queen Anne style walnut chest and cupboard combination, which some people would call a tallboy, with two drawers over a cupboard, sitting on solid walnut legs. It dates to ci...
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Vintage 1920s British Queen Anne Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

  • Antique Burr Walnut Chest on Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Walnut Chest on Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Walnut Chest on Cabinet
  • Antique Burr Walnut Chest on Cabinet
H 39 in. W 32 in. D 22 in.
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Burr Cabinet For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic burr cabinet available at 1stDibs. A burr cabinet — often made from wood, walnut and metal — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a burr cabinet, we have 958 options in-stock, while there are 10 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a burr cabinet — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A burr cabinet, designed in the Victorian, Art Deco or Georgian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one burr cabinet that is appealing in its simplicity, but Harry & Lou Epstein Furniture Co, Bevan Funnell Ltd. and Maple & Co. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Burr Cabinet?

Prices for a burr cabinet start at $389 and top out at $89,642 with the average selling for $3,113.

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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