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Heartwarming 18th Century English China Cupboard Cabinet
Located in Hopewell, NJ
You will not find an earlier intact example of an 18th century English welsh dresser or china cupboard. Made of solid oak, it has glorious natural patina of over 200 years with wonde...
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Antique 18th Century English Cupboards

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Oak

Warm 19th Century Large Oak English China Cupboard Sideboard Cabinet
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Classic large oak sideboard china cupboard having three shelves above three drawers with elegant tapering square legs and later brass hardware. Ridges are carved into each shelf for ...
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Antique 19th Century English Cupboards

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Oak

Solid Walnut 1780s Era French Louis XV Country French Welsh China Cupboard
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a very, very rare period 1780s French China cabinet, similar to a Welsh cupboard. This is a seriously antique item and has all of the character you would expect with marvelou...
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Antique 1780s French Louis XV Cupboards

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Walnut

Monumental 19th Century Chinese Red Lacquer Cupboard
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Monumental 19th century chinese red lacquer cupboard circa 1870. Stunning chinese cupboard of the largest proportions we have ever seen. Circa 1870. Stunning distressed red lacque...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Cupboards

Materials

Hardwood, Lacquer, Paint

Oriental Cupboard, Possibly China, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Wardrobe with four bodies and double height made of carved wood, polychrome and gold, rectangular, slightly raised on legs and topped by a simple molding. The lack of decoration on t...
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Antique 19th Century Asian Neoclassical Cupboards

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Metal

  • Oriental Cupboard, Possibly China, 19th Century
  • Oriental Cupboard, Possibly China, 19th Century
  • Oriental Cupboard, Possibly China, 19th Century
  • Oriental Cupboard, Possibly China, 19th Century
H 66.15 in. W 72.45 in. D 26.78 in.
Vintage English Georgian Yew Wood Small Corner China Cabinet Cupboard
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage English Georgian yew wood small corner China cabinet cupboard. Item features beautiful wood grain, 2 swing doors, working lock and key, 3 wooden shelves, very nice vintage it...
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Mid-20th Century English Georgian Cupboards

Materials

Glass, Wood, Yew

Shanxi Cupboard, Qing Dynasty
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Shanxi cabinet with nice age. Has two doors and three drawers, delicately carved details on legs and apron. More detailed images available upon request.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Elm, Lacquer

  • Shanxi Cupboard, Qing Dynasty
  • Shanxi Cupboard, Qing Dynasty
  • Shanxi Cupboard, Qing Dynasty
  • Shanxi Cupboard, Qing Dynasty
H 85 in. W 61 in. D 26 in.
Primitive Two-Door Glass Mahogany China Cabinet Hutch Cupboard, circa 1900
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a unique antique English cupboard or china cabinet. With one lower door and one open shelf next to it, this piece is rather unique in its confirguration. The cabinet dates to...
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Antique Early 1900s English Primitive Cupboards

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Mahogany

Antique Pine Wood Primitive Corner China Cabinet Cupboard Blue Painted Interior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique pine wood Primitive Rustic corner China cabinet cupboard blue painted interior. Item includes a blue painted interior, upper glass doors, solid wood construction, beautiful w...
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Antique 19th Century North American Rustic Cupboards

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Wood, Glass, Pine

Early 20th Century rectangular China Small Cupboard, hand painted wood
Located in Milano, IT
Early 20th century China small cupboard, completely original, finely crafted and painted inside original silk, executed conservative restoration in order to maintain the spirit.
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Vintage 1930s French Chinoiserie Cupboards

Materials

Brass

19th Century Oriental Elm Cupboard
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A 19th century oriental tapering elm cupboard of small proportions. The cupboard doors retaining the original circular plate. The interior with single shelf with two deep doors to th...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Elm

  • 19th Century Oriental Elm Cupboard
  • 19th Century Oriental Elm Cupboard
  • 19th Century Oriental Elm Cupboard
  • 19th Century Oriental Elm Cupboard
H 33.75 in. W 25.5 in. D 17.5 in.
Antique 18th C. Early American Pennsylvania Pine Corner Cupboard China Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
A stately late 18th Century Early American Pennsylvania corner cupboard or cabinet. Made of pine featuring triangular form with serpentine and fluted accents, original glazed wavy gl...
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Antique Late 18th Century Rustic Corner Cupboards

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Glass, Pine

Chinese Four-Panel Cabinet, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
The Qing-dynasty cabinetmaker who designed this handsome two-door cabinet was a master of their craft, and elevated the joinery to a new artistic level. This monumental Chinese cabin...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Cupboards

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Elm

  • Chinese Four-Panel Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Four-Panel Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Four-Panel Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Four-Panel Cabinet, c. 1850
H 71 in. W 57 in. D 19.5 in.
Pair of Chippendale Style Five-Shelf Corner Cupboards
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Useful pair of contemporary Chippendale style ebony black corner shelves each with five triangular shelves that can hold dishes in the dining room or kitchen, a clock and books in th...
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20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Corner Cupboards

Materials

Wood

Chinese Honeycomb Lattice Display Cabinet, c. 1800
Located in Chicago, IL
This beautiful early 19th century display cabinet from China's Henan province features complex honeycomb lattice panels and doors carved with elaborate scrollwork. Unlike fretwork ma...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Qing Cupboards

Materials

Brass

Late 19th Century Chinese Softwood Cabinet
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Functional piece of Chinese export furniture, circa 1890. Made from oriental softwood, with 3 drawers below the top surface and a double door cupboard below. Original hardware. Di...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Qing Cupboards

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Softwood

  • Late 19th Century Chinese Softwood Cabinet
  • Late 19th Century Chinese Softwood Cabinet
  • Late 19th Century Chinese Softwood Cabinet
  • Late 19th Century Chinese Softwood Cabinet
H 32.3 in. W 39.5 in. D 20.75 in.
White Patinated China Cabinet
Located in High Point, NC
Two lower doors and glass display windows give this piece potential for storage or display. From France circa 1800, an ornately carved decorative motive becomes a dramatic ground for...
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Antique Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Cupboards

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Iron

  • White Patinated China Cabinet
  • White Patinated China Cabinet
  • White Patinated China Cabinet
  • White Patinated China Cabinet
H 85.8 in. W 57.1 in. D 20.1 in.
Antique 19th Century Chinese Red Lacquered Elm Wedding Cabinet
Located in Baambrugge, NL
A beautiful antique 19th century Chinese wedding cabinet. This antique marriage cabinet is made of solid elm, hand painted with red lacquer and gilded throughout with very fine decor...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

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Elm

Scandinavian Modern Teak China Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish Scandinavian teak cabinet with display hutch is perfectly suited for kitchen or dining room storage, offering ample storage space in a tight footprint. Lower cabinet sli...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Cupboards

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Teak

  • Scandinavian Modern Teak China Cabinet
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak China Cabinet
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak China Cabinet
  • Scandinavian Modern Teak China Cabinet
H 77 in. W 42.5 in. D 17 in.
Early 20th Century Continental Chinese Chippendale Pagoda Corner Cabinet
Located in Houston, TX
Early 20th century Continental Chinese chippendale pagoda corner cabinet. This stunning carved bleached wood pagoda cabinet has a mirrored display area with glass shelves at the top ...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chippendale Corner Cupboards

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Wood

Pair of 19th Century Chinese Scholars Cabinets
Located in New Orleans, LA
Pair of lacquered and decorated Chinese cabinets.
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Cupboards

  • Pair of 19th Century Chinese Scholars Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Chinese Scholars Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Chinese Scholars Cabinets
  • Pair of 19th Century Chinese Scholars Cabinets
H 74.75 in. W 47.25 in. D 21.25 in.
20th Century Chinese Black Lacquer and Hand Painted Mirror
Located in Miami, FL
This incomparable chinoiserie black lacquer sideboard depicts figures in various typical traditional scenes. What more can you ask for really? As if that's not enough, there's plenty...
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Early 20th Century English Chinoiserie Cupboards

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Wood

Heavily Carved Walnut Georgian Style China Cabinet Vitrine C1880
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Georgian style inlaid china cabinet with beveled glass door containing 2 shelves over 3 drawers and bronze accents.
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20th Century Georgian Cupboards

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Glass, Wood

European Antiqued Mahogany Marquetry Inlay China Hutch Mirrored Ball & Claw Foot
Located in Dayton, OH
European antiqued mahogany Marquetry inlay China hutch mirrored ball and claw foot Mid-20th century European China Hutch. Made from mahogany with mirrored backing marquetry and po...
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Mid-20th Century Cupboards

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Mahogany

Antique Chinese Padauk Hand Carved Display Cabinet Relief Carving Bookcase 1890
Located in Potters Bar, GB
- Gorgeous antique Chinese padauk hardwood display cabinet - Unusual work, our attention was initially drawn to the fact that the carving is deep relief from the solid wood and not ...
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Antique 1890s Corner Cupboards

Materials

Padouk

French Louis XV Style Small Walnut Satinwood Inlay Corner Curio China Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Impressive vintage French Louis XV style small walnut corner Curio China cabinet with satinwood inlay. Item features a serpentine front, ornate satinwood floral inlay, finely carved ...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Corner Cupboards

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Satinwood, Walnut

Asian Table 19th Century
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1880s red painted wooden Asian table with two doors. Made in China. Please note of wear consistent with age including wear to top, and paint missing throughout.
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Antique 1880s Chinese Cupboards

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Wood

  • Asian Table 19th Century
  • Asian Table 19th Century
  • Asian Table 19th Century
  • Asian Table 19th Century
H 26.00 in. W 35.50 in. D 16.00 in.
19th Century Black Lacquer Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
19th century black lacquer cabinet. Two doors with bronze escutcheons, molded top, square legs.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

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Wood

  • 19th Century Black Lacquer Cabinet
  • 19th Century Black Lacquer Cabinet
  • 19th Century Black Lacquer Cabinet
  • 19th Century Black Lacquer Cabinet
H 37 in. W 41 in. D 28 in.
Vintage Chinese Cabinet Cupboard Sideboard Lacquered Carved and Detailed Piece
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning vintage Chinese cabinet with original lacquered finish A very good looking and well made piece, its highly decorative and very fu...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Victorian Furniture

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Wood

Rare Chinese Black Lacquer Hand Painted Chinoiserie Side Table Drawers Cupboard
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this beautiful ornately decorated Chinese Chinoiserie side table cupboard hand painted with birds and flowers A very well made and decorative side table,...
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20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Furniture

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Wood

Lovely Chinese Burr & Burl Elm Apothecary Chest of Drawers with Cupboard Base
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely small Apothecary Burl Elm Chinese chest of drawers with cupboard base A good looking and decorative piece, it’s the right size as a ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Elm

Antique Chinese Temple Alter Sideboard with Cupboards in Solid Teak Reddish
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage Chinese alter sideboard with original finish A very good looking and naively made antique sideboard. Its hand carved from so...
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20th Century Chinese Modern Sideboards

Materials

Teak

Very Rare 19th Century Chinese Mother of Pearl Inlaid Cabinet Cupboard Drawers
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning exceptionally rare original circa 1820 Chinese Mother of Pearl inlaid cabinet A very rare and collectable piece, it has two cupbo...
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Antique 1820s Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

Materials

Mother-of-Pearl

19th Century Chinese rustic pine dresser with three drawers / two door cupboard
Located in Martlesham, GB
19th century Chinese rustic pine dresser, having three drawers above a two door cupboard opening to reveal a fixed single shelf inside, the drawers and doors having original brass ha...
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Antique 1880s Chinese Dressers

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Pine

19th Century French Louis XV China Buffet or Cupboard
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XV China buffet or cupboard makes the perfect choice for storage, serving and display, all in one! The majestic triple-arched crown extends to just over eig...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Brass

Midcentury Cupboard China Cabinet Shelf with Wicker Accents by Holman
By Holman Manufacturing Co.
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Midcentury Danish style cupboard china cabinet shelf with wicker accents by Texas company Holman. The cabinet features a side cubby, 2 shelves, 3 drawers, and 2 bottom cabinets. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Cabinets

Materials

Wood

American Primitive Colonial Cherrywood Wavy Glass Corner Cupboard China Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique American Primitive Colonial cherrywood wavy glass corner cupboard China cabinet. Item features 2 individual panels of antique wavy glass, green painted interior, solid wood c...
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Antique 19th Century North American American Colonial Cabinets

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Glass, Cherry

Heywood Wakefield Blond "Encore" Step Back Cupboard China Cabinet Etagere
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Mid-Century Modern era "Encore" china cabinet/step back cupboard by Heywood Wakefield featuring a light blond finish The cabinet has an upper showcase with two sliding glass doors wh...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Birch

Narrow French Brittany Lion Carved Oak Court Cupboard China Cabinet Vitrine
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Great narrow size! Perfect for an apartment in NYC. Comes as two pieces. Carved. Oak. Top has 2 glass doors containing one shelf. 2 drawers. Bottom has 2 doors containing one shelf. ...
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Antique 1870s French French Provincial Vitrines

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Oak

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

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Oak

Late 19th Century Venetian 'Belle Epoque' China Cabinet, Glass Cupboards
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Art Nouveau vitrine cupboard in lacquered and gilded mahogany with all accosted glazed glass. Legs a hand-carved, lacquered mahogany columns; edgings in gold leaf gilded relief ...
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Antique 1890s Italian Belle Époque Vitrines

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Glass, Mahogany

Modern Country Maple Stepback Cupboard Hutch Bar Back Server Curio China Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage modern hutch, bar back or server. Made of maple featuring one drawer, paneled sides with lower cabinet and upper glass curio or china display. One piece, does not break down....
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Late 20th Century Country Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Maple

Early 20th French Renaissance Style Golden Oak Wood Small Cupboard China Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Early 20th French Renaissance style golden oakwood small cupboard China cabinet. Item features solid wood construction, beautiful wood grain, nicely carved details, 2 swing doors, 10...
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Early 20th Century European Renaissance Revival Cabinets

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Oak

Lovely circa 1900 Oriental Hand Painted Side Cupboard Bookcase Metal Strap Work
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely circa 1900 eastern hand painted with floral details side pot cupboard with original metal strapwork door supports A very well made a...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Metal

20th Century Antique Style Chinese Cupboard
Located in Raalte, NL
Chinese 2-part cupboard in antique style executed with 2 doors and 3 drawers at the bottom and the upper part has 2 glass doors behind which 2 shelves, these are further in a good co...
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20th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • 20th Century Antique Style Chinese Cupboard
  • 20th Century Antique Style Chinese Cupboard
  • 20th Century Antique Style Chinese Cupboard
  • 20th Century Antique Style Chinese Cupboard
H 66.3 in. W 33.4 in. D 17.7 in.
Pair of Chinese Cabinets
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Very rare and unusual pair of lacquered Chinese cupboards.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Wood

  • Pair of Chinese Cabinets
  • Pair of Chinese Cabinets
  • Pair of Chinese Cabinets
  • Pair of Chinese Cabinets
H 71 in. W 57 in. D 22.5 in.
French Cupboard Chinese-Lacquer Style
Located in Walkertshofen, Bavaria
Chinese-style lacquer cupboard with rich painting decoration. The four fillings of the two-doors-cupboard are painted with decorative Chinese sceneries, flowers, landscape, animals a...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Chinoiserie Cupboards

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Wood

  • French Cupboard Chinese-Lacquer Style
  • French Cupboard Chinese-Lacquer Style
  • French Cupboard Chinese-Lacquer Style
  • French Cupboard Chinese-Lacquer Style
H 63 in. W 42.13 in. D 20.87 in.
Antique Chinese ancestral shrine
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Rare antique Chinese ancestral Shrine from Northern China, Shanxi region. Echoing architectural details from clan estates, these shrines are extremely rare and each is one of a kin...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

Small Chest / Chinese Medicine Cabinet
Located in Toronto, ON
Adorable Small Chest with 23 little drawers and cupboard. <br /> The interior of the cupboard's doors and the back of the chest are covered with recipes for medicine in Mandarin
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

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Metal

  • Small Chest / Chinese Medicine Cabinet
  • Small Chest / Chinese Medicine Cabinet
  • Small Chest / Chinese Medicine Cabinet
  • Small Chest / Chinese Medicine Cabinet
H 25.5 in. W 21.5 in. D 8 in.
Carved French oak china cabinet
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Highly carved 2 piece oak china cabinet in the late Victorian Renaissance Revival style. Spectacular carvings depicting lion heads and botanical details.
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Antique 19th Century French Cupboards

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Oak, Glass

  • Carved French oak china cabinet
  • Carved French oak china cabinet
  • Carved French oak china cabinet
  • Carved French oak china cabinet
H 96 in. W 53 in. D 23 in.
SOLID CHERRY TWO PART CHINA CABINET
Located in San Francisco, CA
The solid cherry piece with rectilinear lines has four glass doors and with cherry shelves inside. The back is cherry as well and the finish is wax. The lower buffet has two doors,...
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20th Century American Cupboards

  • SOLID CHERRY TWO PART CHINA CABINET
  • SOLID CHERRY TWO PART CHINA CABINET
  • SOLID CHERRY TWO PART CHINA CABINET
  • SOLID CHERRY TWO PART CHINA CABINET
H 81 in. W 61 in. D 20 in.
Mid 19thC. Q'ing Dynasty Chinese Elm Corner Cabinet
Located in East Hampton, NY
Mid-19th century Qing dynasty Jiangsu lacquered corner cabinet (one available )
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Corner Cupboards

Materials

Elm

Red Lacquered Elmwood Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Red Lacquered Elmwood Cupboard / Cabinet in traditional Heibei style. With brass fittings.
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Late 20th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Brass

  • Red Lacquered Elmwood Cabinet
  • Red Lacquered Elmwood Cabinet
  • Red Lacquered Elmwood Cabinet
  • Red Lacquered Elmwood Cabinet
H 60.5 in. W 27 in. D 18 in.
Pine Cabinet
Located in Southampton, NY
Large antique Chinese pine cabinet, unusual simplicity.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Cupboards

  • Pine Cabinet
  • Pine Cabinet
  • Pine Cabinet
  • Pine Cabinet
H 92.5 in. W 48 in. D 17 in.
A sloping-style black lacquer cabinet
Located in Winter Park, FL
A lacquered wood cabinet of classical form with slightly tapered stiles, fitted with two large doors with a central support and with a brass lock plate, revealing two shelves inside.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Chinese Cupboards

  • A sloping-style black lacquer cabinet
  • A sloping-style black lacquer cabinet
  • A sloping-style black lacquer cabinet
  • A sloping-style black lacquer cabinet
H 74.5 in. W 41.5 in. D 22.5 in.
19th Century Qing Dynasty Unusual Shanxi Tow-Part Hutch
Located in East Hampton, NY
Early to mid-19th century Qing dynasty Southern Chinese elm Shanxi two-part hutch with brass hardware in original lacquered finish.
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Elm

Chinese Cupboard
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Chinese cupboard made for export (note the painting on doors).
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

  • Chinese Cupboard
  • Chinese Cupboard
  • Chinese Cupboard
  • Chinese Cupboard
H 72 in. W 47 in. D 22 in.
Pair of Chinese Cupboards
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Very rare and unusual pair of lacquered Chinese cupboards.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Cupboards

  • Pair of Chinese Cupboards
  • Pair of Chinese Cupboards
  • Pair of Chinese Cupboards
  • Pair of Chinese Cupboards
H 71 in. W 57 in. D 22.5 in.
c.1900 Hand Painted Chinese Cupboard/Sideboard
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique Chinese cupboard painted and lacquered with two drawers and two doors. Beautiful hardware.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Cupboards

Materials

Wood

Antique Chinese Cupboard Cabinet Very Large Red Lacquered
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
A beautiful tall red lacquered antique Chinese cupboard cabinet early 20th century, upper section with two paneled doors with large brass key plate, interior with two small drawers a...
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20th Century Cupboards

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China Cupboard For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the China cupboard you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, hardwood and glass, every China cupboard was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect China cupboard — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A China cupboard made by Louis XV designers — as well as those associated with Mid-Century Modern — is very popular. A well-made China cupboard has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Baker Furniture Company, Dorothy Draper and Drexel are consistently popular.

How Much is a China Cupboard?

The average selling price for a China cupboard at 1stDibs is $2,815, while they’re typically $716 on the low end and $145,000 for the highest priced.

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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