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French Provençal Vitrine or Display Cabinet
Located in Winter Park, FL
An 18th century Louis XV style French Provençal vitrine, or display cabinet made of solid walnut with beautiful dark waxed patina and nice proportions. Glass paned door with decorati...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Iron

Antique French Display Cabinet
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique cabinet from the late 19th century. Year: 1880 Origin: France Dimensions: Height 107 cm, width 115 cm, depth 39 cm.
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Antique 1880s French Louis Philippe Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Antique French Display Cabinet
  • Antique French Display Cabinet
  • Antique French Display Cabinet
  • Antique French Display Cabinet
H 42.13 in. W 45.28 in. D 15.36 in.
19th Century French Louis Revival Parquetry Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning antique French mahogany and ormolu-mounted display cabinet in the French Louis XV manner, circa 1870 in date. This beautiful cabinet has an abundance of exquisite...
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Antique 1870s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century French Mahogany Louis Revival Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a wonderful antique French mahogany and ormolu-mounted display cabinet in the French Louis XV manner, circa 1880 in date. This beautiful cabinet has an abundance of exquisit...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Ormolu

French Mahogany Ormolu-Mounted Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
Located in Berlin, DE
A Mahogany ormolu-mounted Louis XVI style display cabinet mounted with finely chased ormolu casts showing on the top ribbon tight swags of drapery, on the side flower heads with styl...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Ormolu

Antique French Inlaid Marquetry Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique French Kingwood display cabinet with three floral marquetry panels at the base and various other inlays. It has a curved front and gilt bronze mounts. The inside lining is...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Kingwood

19th Century French Louis XVI Style free standing display cabinet.
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th century French ormolu-mounted free standing vitrine. Having bowed glass to the ends, a door to open with a glass shelf within. Classical floral and fola...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Ormolu

Antique French Louis XV Inlaid Walnut Ormolu Serpentine Display Cabinet Buffet
Located in Portland, OR
A fine, late 19th century French, serpentine shaped Louis XV inlaid cabinet, circa 1890. The cabinet of feather-banded walnut and sumptuously inlaid with fruitwood floral inlay to th...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

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Bronze

Antique French Style Ormolu Mounted Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique French style serpentine fronted display cabinet of fairly small proportions, which I would date to circa 1930s-1950s period. It’s predominately mahogany, with three decorativ...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

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Mahogany

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Mahogany and Ormolu Display Cabinet
By Maison Krieger
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A handsome and high quality French 19th century Louis XVI St. mahogany and ormolu display cabinet, signed KRIEGER. The cabinet is raised by discreet elegant feet below the straight f...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Ormolu

Early 20th Century French Louis XIV Carved Walnut Gun Display Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a ranch house or hunting lodge with this exquisite antique gun cabinet. Crafted in southern France, circa 1920, the tall cabinet stands on bun feet over a small straight pli...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XIV Cabinets

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Walnut

French Louis XV Style Vitrine Display Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style kingwood two-door vitrine (display) cabinet with shaped glass sides and rust marble top (19th century).  
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Marble

Louis XVI Carved Walnut Display Cabinet, c1780
Located in valatie, NY
This handsome French display cabinet is made of carved walnut. It has a single drawer and a scalloped and carved apron. The four paned glass door opens and latches with a grasping fi...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Louis XVI Carved Walnut Display Cabinet, c1780
  • Louis XVI Carved Walnut Display Cabinet, c1780
  • Louis XVI Carved Walnut Display Cabinet, c1780
  • Louis XVI Carved Walnut Display Cabinet, c1780
H 36 in. W 26.75 in. D 14.25 in.
Antique French Style Ormolu-Mounted Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique French style serpentine fronted display cabinet of fairly small proportions, which I would date, circa 1930s-1950s period. It's predominately mahogany, with three decorative ...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XIV Cabinets

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Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Vitrine Display Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
French Louis XV style kingwood two-door vitrine (display) cabinet with bronze trim and shaped glass sides (19th century).  
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Bronze

French Louis XV Vernis Martin Curved Glass Double Vitrine Curio Display Cabinet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Stunning antique Louis XV style Vernis Martin display cabinet. The French cabinet features four curved glass panels, hand-painted details with angels and muses, intricate bronze-moun...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Bronze

Louis XV Style Bronze Mounted 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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Vintage 1910s French Cabinets

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Bronze

French Display Cabinet, France, 1900
Located in Chorzów, PL
French display cabinet, France, 1900. Very good condition. Wood: Walnut Dimensions: H 166 cm, W 70 cm, D 39 cm.
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Walnut

  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1900
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1900
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1900
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1900
H 65.36 in. W 27.56 in. D 15.36 in.
French Display Cabinet, France, 1880
Located in Chorzów, PL
Display cabinet, France, 1930. Very good condition. Origin: France Material: Walnut Year: 1880 Dimensions: height 182 cm, width 100 cm, depth 40 cm.
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Antique 1880s French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Walnut

  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1880
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1880
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1880
  • French Display Cabinet, France, 1880
H 71.66 in. W 39.38 in. D 15.75 in.
French Linke Style Display Cabinet, 19th Century
By François Linke
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century plum pudding mahogany Louis XVI style vitrine, having a marble top, gilded ormolu mounts, shaped glass panels to the door and sides, three glass shel...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Ormolu

  • French Linke Style Display Cabinet, 19th Century
  • French Linke Style Display Cabinet, 19th Century
  • French Linke Style Display Cabinet, 19th Century
  • French Linke Style Display Cabinet, 19th Century
H 64.57 in. W 32.68 in. D 13 in.
19th Century French Vernis Martin Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a superb antique French Vernis Martin mahogany display cabinet in the Louis XV Revival, circa 1880 in date. This beautiful cabinet has hand-painted decoration, exquisite orm...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Carrara Marble, Ormolu

French Boulle Style Display Pier Cabinet, circa 1900
Located in Surrey, BC
A hand painted, red-and-black lacquered cabinet with ornate, Ormolu accents (gilded, cast metal). Beautifully detailed throughout, with its high gloss finish intact. Display shelves ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XIV Cabinets

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Wood

Antique French Beautifully Carved Oak Louis XV Style Display Cabinet
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French beautifully carved oak Louis XV style display cabinet.
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Antique 19th Century Cabinets

Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet or Bookcase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A large and impressive breakfront or china cabinet in the Neoclassical / Directoire style. The cabinet is walnut, with bronze mounted ormolu and hardware, and large gilt carved acorn...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XVI Cabinets

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th century French kingwood vitrine. Having gilded ormolu mounts, a single glass door, opening to reveal two shelves within. Raised on cabriole legs, termin...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

  • Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
H 68.51 in. W 29.14 in. D 14.97 in.
French Louis XV Style Two-Door Display Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two-door Louis XV-Style vitrine with beautiful carved details painted in a pale grey color with a distressed finish. The vitrine comes with beveled glass doors, three interior glass ...
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Antique Early 1900s French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Brass

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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Vintage 1910s French Cabinets

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Bronze

Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Mahogany china / display Cabinet
Located in Houston, TX
Triple breakfront rectangular cornice above a paneled frieze of vitruvian scroll Centering a classical mask with blossoming cornucopia over a fluted Corinthian colonette flanked by ...
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Late 20th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Mahogany

19th Century French Vernis Martin Vetrine Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
This is a superb antique French Vernis Martin mahogany vetrine in Louis XV Revival manner, circa 1870 in date. This beautiful cabinet has hand-painted decoration, exquisite ormolu m...
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Antique 1870s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Carrara Marble

Karges French Louis XV XVI Style Cream & Gold Gilt Curio Display Cabinets, Pair
By Karges Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of Karges French Louis XV XVI style cream and gold gilt curio display cabinets. Items feature cream and gold gilt finish, 4 access doors to sides, brass medallions, lighted inte...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XV Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

French 19th Century Vitrine Display Cabinet in the Louis XV Vernis Martin Manner
Located in London, GB
A vitrine cabinet in the Louis XV Vernis Martin manner Constructed in kingwood, richly dressed with finely cast and chased ormolu mounts, and having Vernis Martin style panels; of...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

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Bronze, Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
By François Linke
Located in Brighton, Sussex
Fine quality French Louis XVI style Linke influence Vitrine, circa 1890. Having wonderful gilded ormolu monopodia mounts, serpentine front and sides, with shaped glass, inlaid floral...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Mahogany

  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
H 76.78 in. W 39.77 in. D 18.51 in.
French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality late 19th century French Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted mahogany vitrine, having its original marble top, fine scrolling foliate ormolu mounts to the frieze and m...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Marble

  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet
H 45.67 in. W 49.61 in. D 16.93 in.
French Louis XV Display Cabinet Vitrine with Bronze Mounts
Located in West Hartford, CT
Exquisite French Louis XV display curio cabinet features intricate gilt bronze detail, three glass panels, mirrored glass interior backing, two curved glass shelves, curved single sw...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Bronze

French Louis XVI Style Display Cabinet, after Francoise Linke
By François Linke
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality late 19th century French Kingwood, marble topped Louis XVI style vitrine, having wonderfully fine gilded ormolu classical mounts, a single glazed door opening to revea...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Mahogany, Kingwood

19th Century French Louis XVI Bookcase, Display Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XVI bookcase ~ display cabinet is a marvelous way to add charm and visual interest, while creating a minimal impact on your room's traffic pattern! Although...
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Antique 1850s French Louis XVI Bookcases

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Glass, Oak

19th Century Louis Quinze Petite French Display Armoire
Located in Casteren, NL
19th century French display cabinet or armoire in the Louis XV style. This is an original display cabinet that is made in solid pine and veneer. It has carefully been restored and ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

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Pine

Louis XVI Style Mahogany Display Cabinet with Porcelain Plaques, circa 1880
Located in London, GB
A fine Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted mahogany display cabinet with Wedgwood porcelain plaques. French, circa 1880. The upper section has a shaped cornice with acorn fini...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Bronze

Antique French Transitional Vernis Martin Vitrine Display Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning antique French Vernis Martin vitrine, in the Louis XV transitional manner, circa 1880 in date, with exquisite hand painted decoration and exquisite ormolu mounts. ...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Ormolu

Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890
Located in Chorzów, PL
Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890. Very good condition. Wood: oak Dimensions: height 196 cm, width 78 cm, depth 50 cm.
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Antique 1890s French Louis Philippe Cupboards

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Oak

  • Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890
  • Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890
  • Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890
  • Oak display cabinet, France, around 1890
H 77.17 in. W 30.71 in. D 19.69 in.
French Louis XVI-Style Vitrine/Display Cabinet, Marquetry Inlay, 3 Door
Located in Houston, TX
Exceptional display cabinet with center opening door to fitted interior with three glass shelves that are moveable, 19th century. It has a mirror back and mirror on the bottom. Two ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Walnut, Kingwood

Display Cabinet, France, circa 1900, Antique
Located in Chorzów, PL
Historic window-site from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Furniture preserved in very good condition. Dimensions: height 191 cm, width 76 cm, depth 46 cm.
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Early 20th Century French Louis Philippe Cupboards

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Oak

  • Display Cabinet, France, circa 1900, Antique
  • Display Cabinet, France, circa 1900, Antique
  • Display Cabinet, France, circa 1900, Antique
  • Display Cabinet, France, circa 1900, Antique
H 75.2 in. W 29.93 in. D 18.12 in.
French 19th Century Display Cabinet
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality French ormolu mounted vitrine, having shaped glass panels to either side, velvet lined with a shelf within. A single frieze drawer and raised on elegant cabriole legs.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

  • French 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French 19th Century Display Cabinet
H 76.78 in. W 30.71 in. D 18.9 in.
Mahogany Display Cabinet signed Beurdeley
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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Antique 1870s French Louis XVI Bookcases

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Ormolu

  • Mahogany Display Cabinet signed Beurdeley
  • Mahogany Display Cabinet signed Beurdeley
  • Mahogany Display Cabinet signed Beurdeley
  • Mahogany Display Cabinet signed Beurdeley
H 76.5 in. W 43 in. D 19 in.
Louis XVI Style Vitrine or Display Cabinet
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality French 19th century Kingwood vitrine, having ormolu swags and drapes. parquetry inlaid panel to the door and adjustable glass shelves.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

  • Louis XVI Style Vitrine or Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Vitrine or Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Vitrine or Display Cabinet
  • Louis XVI Style Vitrine or Display Cabinet
H 70 in. W 29 in. D 15.5 in.
French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Mounted Display Cabinet/Vitrine
By François Linke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A handsome French 19th century Louis XVI St. Kingwood and ormolu mounted display cabinet/ vitrine. The vitrine is raised by six square tapered legs ending in square sabots with a bot...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

Giltwood Display Cabinet, Louis XV Style
Located in Houston, TX
Mirror back with lighting and two glass shelves Side opens on both sides which leaves the Front very clear for display. The gilding is Original.
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2010s French Vitrines

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Giltwood

  • Giltwood Display Cabinet, Louis XV Style
  • Giltwood Display Cabinet, Louis XV Style
  • Giltwood Display Cabinet, Louis XV Style
  • Giltwood Display Cabinet, Louis XV Style
H 66.5 in. W 33 in. D 13 in.
19th Century French Louis XV Gray Painted Display Bookcase Cabinet
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An incredibly fun and playful display cabinet in the Rococo taste with a distinctively Venetian flare, this positively gorgeous cabinet retains an early gray painted finish that is b...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Bookcases

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Fabric, Glass, Beech, Giltwood, Paint

Louis XV Style Vitrine Ormolu-Mounted Display Cabinet
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Classic Louis XV style Kingwood and ormolu display cabinet. The glass front and side top cabinet with elaborate gilt bronze finial and appointments sitting atop the original ormolu-m...
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Vintage 1950s French Louis XV Vitrines

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Kingwood

French Louis XV Style Giltwood Ornately Carved Two-Door Vitrine Display Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and palatial French 19th century Louis XV style giltwood ornately carved two-door vitrine display cabinet of serpentine form with foliate and shell carvings, surrounding ...
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Antique 1870s French Louis XV Vitrines

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Glass, Giltwood

Antique French Style Ormolu Mounted Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Antique French style serpentine fronted display cabinet of fairly small proportions, which I would date to circa 1930s-1950s period. It’s predominately mahogany, with three decorativ...
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Vintage 1930s French Louis XIV Vitrines

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Ormolu

French Kingwood 19th Century Display Cabinet
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A good quality late 19th century French Louis XVI style Kingwood vitrine, having gilded ormolu mounts, serpentine fronted with shaped glass panels, glass shelves within, foliate marq...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

  • French Kingwood 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French Kingwood 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French Kingwood 19th Century Display Cabinet
  • French Kingwood 19th Century Display Cabinet
H 74.81 in. W 43.31 in. D 13 in.
French Louis XVI Style Vitrine/Display Cabinet, 19th C, Marquetry Inlay, 3-Door
Located in Houston, TX
Exceptional display cabinet with center opening door to fitted interior with three glass shelves that are moveable. It has a mirror back and mirror on the bottom. Two doors open on ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Walnut, Kingwood

Louis XVI display cabinet, Mahogany, gilded bronze, glass, France, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Carved mahogany wood display cabinet (or vitrine) decorated on the outside with golden bronze appliques of classicist influence (garlands, floral details, architectural elements) tha...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Bronze

Antique French Mahogany and Marble Display Cabinet Vitrine
Located in London, GB
French antique Louis XV style mahogany display cabinet dating from circa 1880s-1890s period and in very good original condition. It has a marble top with a gilt metal pierced gall...
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Antique 1880s French Louis XV Vitrines

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Marble

French Louis XV Style Walnut Display Cabinet with Glass Door and Carved Motifs
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French Louis XV style walnut display cabinet from the 19th century, with glass door, carved motifs and petite finials. Created in France during the 19th century, this Louis XV styl...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Walnut, Glass

Louis XVI Style Mahogany and Gilt Bronze Display Cabinet
Located in Montreal, QC
French Louis XVI style marble-topped mahogany and gilt bronze vitrine enclosed by a single door, flanked by fluted columns and with curved glass sides; with two fitted glass shelves...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

French Louis XVI Style Mahogany Display Cabinets, 19th Century Paul Somani, Pair
By Paul Somani
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very good quality pair of late 19th century French mahogany bow fronted display cabinets, each with a gallery to the top, gilded ormolu foliate and molded mounts, central doors wit...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Vitrines

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Ormolu

19th Century French Louis XV Style Walnut Figural Vitrine or Display Cabinet
Located in Barntrup, DE
A fine carved walnut display cabinet or vitrine in Rococo style, France, late 19th century. Single door, three display shelves, the interior upholstered with a red velvet. In a very...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XV Vitrines

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Velvet, Glass, Walnut

19th Century French Carved Oak Glass Vitrine Display Cabinet Bookcase Louis XV
Located in Shreveport, LA
19th century French carved oak glass vitrine display cabinet bookcase Louis XV ~ Direct from France ~ Stunning antique French carved display cabinet, with superb Louis XV carved ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Vitrines

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Glass, Oak

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French Louis Display Cabinet For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal French louis display cabinet for your home. Each French louis display cabinet for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and glass. There are many kinds of the French louis display cabinet you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A French louis display cabinet, designed in the Louis XV, Louis XVI or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Many designers have produced at least one well-made French louis display cabinet over the years, but those crafted by François Linke, Maison Kriéger and Paul Somani are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a French Louis Display Cabinet?

A French louis display cabinet can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $5,988, while the lowest priced sells for $1,094 and the highest can go for as much as $92,054.

Finding the Right Storage Case Pieces for You

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.