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Masterpiece, French Hand-Carved Walnut China Cabinet of Unbelievable Quality
Located in Chicago, IL
We have been importing antiques from Europe for over 30-years and never have we discovered another antique that can measure up to the quality standards of this cabinet and it’s not e...
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1870s French French Antique China Cabinet

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Mirror, Walnut

French Vintage Cabinet in Chinese Style
Located in Milano, IT
French painted lacquered wood and gilded faux bamboo oriental style furniture from the late 1800's. The cabinet is very unique, as you can see from the photos it can be opened at th...
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1890s French Baroque French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

  • French Vintage Cabinet in Chinese Style
  • French Antique Cabinet in Chinese Style
  • French Vintage Cabinet in Chinese Style
  • French Antique Cabinet in Chinese Style
H 63.78 in. W 36.62 in. D 16.93 in.
Large China Cabinet
Located in Rochester, NY
19th century French Louis XV style china cabinet. Carved solid quarter sawn oak. Interior fitted with light and plate glass shelving. Carved cabriole legs.An impressive 8" tall. Well...
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19th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak, Glass, Mirror, Wood

  • Large China  Cabinet
  • Antique Large China  Cabinet
  • Large China  Cabinet
  • Antique Large China  Cabinet
H 97 in. W 49 in. D 17 in.
French Louis XV Style China Cabinet, 19th Century Vitrine
Located in Rochester, NY
19th century French Louis XV style china cabinet. Carved solid quarter sawn oak. Interior fitted with light and plate glass shelving. Carved cabriole legs. An impressive 8" tall. Wel...
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19th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak, Glass, Mirror, Wood

Antique Neoclassical French Renaissance Mahogany China Cabinet Circa 1930
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Neoclassical French Renaissance china cabinet offers mahogany and burl construction with upper having double glass doors with filigree overlay opening to shelved interior ...
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Early 20th Century Neoclassical French Antique China Cabinet

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Glass, Mahogany

French Ormolu Mounted and Brass Inlaid Ebony and Chinese Lacquer Cabinet
Located in Bradenton, FL
A French Ormolu mounted and brass inlaid ebonized and chinese lacquer cabinet or MEUBLE D'APPUI. Inset marble top over black lacquered case, ormolu gadroon border and decoration. A p...
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Early 19th Century French Chinoiserie French Antique China Cabinet

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Lacquer

Maison Jansen 1890s Mahogany French Directoire China Display Cabinet Vitrine
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
19th century Maison Jansen Directoire style China cabinet with bronze mounts. The top has two doors containing two shelves and three open shelves on each side. The bottom has three d...
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19th Century Directoire French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

French Rococo Style China Cabinet
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A French Rococo style china cabinet made of oak with a mirrored back. An upper vitrine with curved glass doors houses three serpentine glass shelves and is surmounted with a beveled ...
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Early 20th Century Rococo French Antique China Cabinet

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Glass, Oak

  • French Rococo Style China Cabinet
  • Antique French Rococo Style China Cabinet
  • French Rococo Style China Cabinet
  • Antique French Rococo Style China Cabinet
H 75 in. W 47 in. D 17 in.
Louis XV Style Bronze Mounted China / Display Cabinet
Located in Hudson, NY
Louis XV style bronze mounted China display cabinet / vitrine with exterior inlaid design details. The interior of the cabinet has two glass shelves and lined with gold patterned bro...
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1910s French French Antique China Cabinet

Materials

Bronze

China Cabinet
By Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley
Located in Manchester, MA
Extremely fine French mahogany biblioteque with exquisite ormolu mounts, by A. Beurdeley, Paris. The Beurdeley family were a flourishing dynasty of three generations of fine quality ...
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1870s French Louis XVI French Antique China Cabinet

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Ormolu

  • China Cabinet
  • Antique China Cabinet
  • China Cabinet
  • Antique China Cabinet
H 76.5 in. W 43 in. D 19 in.
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 French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

French Wood and Golden Faux Bamboo Oriental Style Cabinet
Located in Milano, IT
French cabinet made of lacquered and painted wood and gilded faux bamboo in oriental style from the late 1800s. The cabinet is very special, as you can see from the photos is openab...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export French Antique China Cabinet

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Satin, Faux Bamboo, Wood

French Carved Mahogany Art Nouveau Vitrine China Cabinet
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A French Art Nouveau period vitrine or china cabinet in mahogany, this single door with upper beveled glass panel and with finely-carved grape vine and grapes motif below. Original g...
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Early 20th Century French Art Nouveau French Antique China Cabinet

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Mahogany

Black Lacquered Chinese Cabinet with Gilt Hand Painted Motifs, Early 1900
Located in Florence, IT
Antique Chinese cabinet with hand-painted décor depicting people and traditional architectures in a landscape. The doors and the sides are hand-painted with floreal scenes, presentin...
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Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

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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Early 19th Century French Louis XVI French Antique China Cabinet

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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.
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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1870s French French Provincial French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

Antique French Parquetry Bronze Ormolu Display China Cabinet Breakfront
Located in West Hartford, CT
Magnificent antique French two tiered display cabinet breakfront with marble top credenza and bronze ormolu mounts and supports. The piece consists of a vitrine mounted on to a botto...
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Early 20th Century Baroque French Antique China Cabinet

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Marble, Bronze

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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1890s French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

Monumental French Inlaid Rosewood Bronze Figured Vitrine China Cabinet
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
LINGEL KAROLY ES FIAI BUTORGYAR rosewood. Budapest. Inlaid accents. Metal. Figural. 2 beveled glass doors containing 2 glass shelves. 1 wood door containing 1 shelf. Beveled glass mi...
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1890s Romanian Empire Revival French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

French Walnut Carved Louis XV Mirrored Back and Lighted Vitrine China Cabinet
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Wood frame. Beveled glass door. Mirrored back, bottom shelf and drawer front. 3 glass shelves.1 dovetailed drawer. Lighted. Carved. Measures: 92 1/2" H x 42" W x 21" D. Condition S...
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1890s French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Mirror, Walnut

Antique French Walnut Armoire or China Cabinet, circa Early 1800s
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French walnut china cabinet, or armoire, probably constructed over 200-years ago. Our Old Plank restoration department, went through the armoires structure, from the inside o...
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Early 1800s French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

Antique French Carved Walnut Louis XV Lighted China Cabinet Vitrine, Circa 1890s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
2 glass doors on top containing 2 glass shelves. 2 doors on bottom containing one shelf. Lighted. Measures: 93 1/2" H x 51 7/8" W x 20 1/8" D. Condition Scratches. Finish loss. Nic...
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1890s French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

Solid Oak French Carved Two Piece China Cabinet Bookcase circa 1870s
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
2 drawers. 3 shelves on top with 2 glass doors. 2 doors at bottom. 90 3/4" h x 51 7/8" w x 21" d. Condition Chips in wood. Scratches. Finish loss. Missing wood.
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1870s European Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

Antique French Renaissance Armoire Linen Press Library Bookcase China Cabinet
Located in Dayton, OH
An exquisite French Renaissance Revival Bibliotheque, Linen press or display cabinet. Circa mid 19th cenutry. A large rectangular oak case centered by original 3/4 length glass betwe...
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Mid-19th Century Renaissance Revival French Antique China Cabinet

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Glass, Oak

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

  • 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.
French Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Mahogany Chinese Lacquered Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
A spectacular antique French Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted mahogany Chinese lacquered double door cabinet embellished with Chinese gilt decorated lacquered panels depicting chi...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XIV French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

Signed Francois Linke Bronze Mounted Louis XV Kingwood Vitrine China Cabinet
By François Linke
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
This is a fantastic formal china cabinet or vitrine by Francois Linke. The kingwood case and gorgeous bowed glass the has are adorned by beautiful bronze ormolu and fine proportions....
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Early 1900s French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

Antique Louis XV Style Vernis Martin China Display Cabinet/Vitrine, circa 1900
Located in Portland, OR
Antique Louis XV style Vernis Martin China display cabinet/Vitrine, circa 1900. The cabinet having a pierced brass gallery to the top and a brass frieze below with hanging floral gar...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

19th Century French Vaisselier or China Hutch
Located in Winter Park, FL
A 19th century Louis XV style Country French vaisselier, or hutch, from Normandy made of solid oak with beautiful hand carvings. The plate rack has three shelves with railings of tur...
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Mid-19th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

19th Century French Walnut Louis XVI China Buffet
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French walnut Louis XVI China buffet is a marvel of neoclassical styling, with exceptional floral and foliate relief sculpture appearing on the top and bottom door panel...
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1890s French Louis XVI French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

Grand 19th Century French Louis XVI Walnut China Buffet
Located in Dallas, TX
Grand 19th century French Louis XVI walnut China buffet is a stunning testament to the majesty of masterworks of the cabinetmaker's art that emanated from France during the period! M...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

Early 19th Century Country French Bookcase ~ China Buffet from Normandie
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 19th Century Country French Bookcase ~ China Buffet from Normandie is a timeless example of the amazing talents of provincial artisans that created their own regional looks ove...
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Early 19th Century French Country French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

Jeanselme Louis XV Style Marble Top Chinese Lacquered and Japanned Commode
Located in New York, NY
A chinoiserie Louis XV style marble-top commode by Joseph Pierre Francois Jeanselme. Stamped: Jeanselme. Stock number: F19.
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Late 19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

China Cabinet, 19th Century French Cherrywood
Located in Summerland, CA
Beautifully handmade two-piece solid cherrywood cabinet. Upper cabinet has chicken wire panel doors for displaying china or books. There are added interior lights. Lower cabinet has ...
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19th Century French French Provincial French Antique China Cabinet

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Cherry

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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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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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.
Antique French Art Deco Buffet China Cabinet Grapes
Located in Newberry, SC
An Art Deco Buffet Server China Cabinet from France dating to 1920 in oak with charming carved grapes and an interesting round glass central door.
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

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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Mid-19th Century French Chinoiserie French Antique China Cabinet

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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 Art Deco Burled Vitrine Curio China Cabinet
Located in Newberry, SC
A French Art Deco China Curio Cabinet Vitrine in burled walnut veneer with sliding glass doors
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut, Glass

Chinese-Style Mahogany and Beijing Lacquer Display Case, End of 19th Century
Located in Marseille, FR
Very fine Chinese-style mahogany display case, opening with a door located on its upper part and two doors on its lower part. Provided with a glass shelf in order to display collecto...
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Late 19th Century French Chinoiserie French Antique China Cabinet

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Bronze

French Display or China Cabinet in the Chippendale Style
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
An early 20th century French china cabinet in the English Chippendale-style. Solid walnut.
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Early 20th Century French Chippendale French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

Unique Shallow Antique French Walnut Bibliotheque/China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Interesting and unusual petite sized bookcase/cabinet that has a lot to offer within its shallow confines. Perfect in most any room of the home, this extraordinarily hand-carved waln...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

Antique French Walnut Art Nouveau China or Collector's Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Dynamite original antique French Art Nouveau walnut and marble topped sideboard with both upper and lower glazed cabinets with doors. Perfect for a connoisseur of fine things, this f...
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut, Glass, Mirror

Antique Walnut China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Henri II-style walnut china cabinet with carving throughout. Four gem-cut carved doors open to reveal shelving. A recessed serving space is supported by baluster columns. Ornate drop...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

  • Antique Walnut China Cabinet
  • Antique Walnut China Cabinet
  • Antique Walnut China Cabinet
  • Antique Walnut China Cabinet
H 106 in. W 56 in. D 21 in.
French Art Nouveau Carved Walnut Vitrine China Cabinet from Paris
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Fine example of French cabinetmaking. The cabinet is early 20th century and is transitional from Victorian to Art Nouveau with both periods clearly defined in the design. From the se...
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Glass, Walnut

Louis XV Style China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage French walnut Louis VX style china cabinet with its original bevelled glass and full hinge. Top portion has glass on three sides and mirrored back. Matching table, chairs, b...
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut

  • Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • Louis XV Style China Cabinet
H 69 in. W 33 in. D 18 in.
Louis Philippe Oak China Cabinet
Located in High Point, NC
From circa 1880 France, this rustic provincial cabinet takes it’s inspiration from the elegant curves and simple bold forms of Louis Philippe style. Sourced in Belgium, this spacious...
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Late 19th Century French Louis Philippe French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

  • Louis Philippe Oak China Cabinet
  • Louis Philippe Oak China Cabinet
  • Louis Philippe Oak China Cabinet
  • Louis Philippe Oak China Cabinet
H 87.4 in. W 55.1 in. D 22.4 in.
18th Century French Ormolu and Chinese Lacquer-Mounted Kingwood Cabinet
Located in Stockholm, SE
A rare 18th century French ormolu and red Chinese lacquer-mounted kingwood cabinet with a marble top.  
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18th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Ormolu

Tall Napoleon III Ebonized China Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Impressively scaled china cabinet with glass doors and adjustable shelves.
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Early 20th Century French Napoleon III French Antique China Cabinet

  • Tall Napoleon III Ebonized China Cabinet
  • Tall Napoleon III Ebonized China Cabinet
  • Tall Napoleon III Ebonized China Cabinet
  • Tall Napoleon III Ebonized China Cabinet
H 102 in. W 53 in. D 19 in.
Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Style Glass Front China Cabinet
Located in Round Top, TX
Oak china cabinet made in two parts, with a single concave glass door flanked by three glass panels. Each of the three panels and door on the upper cabinet are accented by carved mol...
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Mid-19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

c.1880 Henri II Style Oak China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique, oak, Henri II style china cabinet with its original beveled mirrored upper door with brass muttons. The lower section comprises two drawers with sloping fronts over two doo...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

c.1880 Henri II Style Oak China Cabinet
H 86 in. W 47 in. D 21 in.
c.1880 Louis XV Style Oak China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Louis XV style oak china cabinet with beautiful basket carvings, scalloped apron, original wavy glass, hand dovetailed drawers and an interesting wheat detail on the surround around ...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Oak

  • c.1880 Louis XV Style Oak China Cabinet
  • c.1880 Louis XV Style Oak China Cabinet
  • c.1880 Louis XV Style Oak China Cabinet
  • c.1880 Louis XV Style Oak China Cabinet
H 98.5 in. W 57.5 in. D 21.5 in.
c.1920 Petite Louis XV Style China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Petite vintage French Louis XV style china cabinet or bibliotheque made from fruitwood with a walnut stain. Would be great used in a washroom to hold toiletries.
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Early 20th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

  • c.1920 Petite Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • c.1920 Petite Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • c.1920 Petite Louis XV Style China Cabinet
  • c.1920 Petite Louis XV Style China Cabinet
H 68.5 in. W 27 in. D 12.75 in.
Antique French Style Mahogany R.J. Horner & Co. China Cabinet, circa 1900
By R.J. Horner & Co.
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique mahogany china cabinet by R.J. Horner & Co. features French styling with cabriole legs and carved foliate decoration, double glass doors opening to velvet lined interior ...
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Early 20th Century American French Antique China Cabinet

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Glass, Mahogany

Antique French Door Bibliotheque/China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
A real beauty, this glazed bibliotheque is fabricated in part from a pair of French doors found in Brittany. A perfect size, this cabinet would be great many places from a master bat...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Wood

French Provoncale China Buffet
Located in Bronx, NY
A Beautiful south of French style China Cabinet with chiken wire and two door lower cabinet.Beautiful French style carvings and custom hardware.Original beautiful deep mahogany and ...
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18th Century and Earlier French French Antique China Cabinet

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Wood

  • French Provoncale China Buffet
  • French Provoncale China Buffet
  • French Provoncale China Buffet
  • French Provoncale China Buffet
H 92 in. W 39 in. D 20 in.
French Louis XV Vitrine China Cabinet
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A Louis XV style vitrine with book-matched kingwood veneered panels and inlaid ebony and boxwood stringing. The concave sides have conforming curved glass and the piece is accented w...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV French Antique China Cabinet

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Kingwood

  • French Louis XV Vitrine China Cabinet
  • French Louis XV Vitrine China Cabinet
  • French Louis XV Vitrine China Cabinet
  • French Louis XV Vitrine China Cabinet
H 60 in. W 30 in. D 14 in.
1860s French Oak China Cabinet a Deux Corps
Located in High Point, NC
An impressive oak cabinet in two parts, a lower two-door buffet, and upper glass paned windows for display. Great proportions and chic light finish complete an ornate piece with a fr...
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Mid-19th Century French French Provincial French Antique China Cabinet

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Brass

  • 1860s French Oak China Cabinet a Deux Corps
  • 1860s French Oak China Cabinet a Deux Corps
  • 1860s French Oak China Cabinet a Deux Corps
  • 1860s French Oak China Cabinet a Deux Corps
H 105.5 in. W 62.2 in. L 105.5 in.
c.1880 French Black Ebonized Bibliotheque/China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Outrageous! This exquisite antique French bookcase has it all, from its outstanding black ebonized exterior to its contrasting periwinkle blue painted interior, and everything in bet...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

c.1880 French Napoleon III Bibliotheque/China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Breathtaking, antique French Napoleon III cupboard. An amazing combination of 6 solid doors (4 of them curved), and 2 glazed ones to show off those prized collections. The interior o...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Wood

c.1890 Ebonized French Bibliotheque or China Cabinet
Located in Chicago, IL
Exquisite black ebonized antique French walnut Henri II bookcase with contrasting dead flat white, adjustable shelf interior, and original beveled glasses. Wonderful utilized as eith...
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19th Century French French Antique China Cabinet

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Walnut, Glass

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French Antique China Cabinet For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the French antique china cabinet you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, glass and walnut, every French antique china cabinet was constructed with great care. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect French antique china cabinet — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. A French antique china cabinet is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Louis XV, Louis XVI and Neoclassical styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one French antique china cabinet that is appealing in its simplicity, but François Linke, Edmé Samson and Europa Antiques produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a French Antique China Cabinet?

A French antique china cabinet can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $5,900, while the lowest priced sells for $750 and the highest can go for as much as $75,000.

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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