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Biedermeier Cabinet on Legs with Old Glass Doors
Located in Seattle, WA
Biedermeier cabinet on lovely tall tapered legs. Old glass in double doors, lock on left side door to keep it from swinging open, and key to lock the cabinet. Interior shelves still ...
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Antique 19th Century Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood

Dutch Colonial Antique Lacquered Wood Cabinet with Glass Doors and Cabriole Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Dutch Colonial Indonesian antique lacquered wooden cabinet from the early 20th century, with paneled glass doors, carved apron and claw feet. Crafted during the Dutch Colonial peri...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Dutch Colonial Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Wood

Large Javanese Cabinet with Paneled Glass Doors, Bonnet Top and Cabriole Legs
Located in Yonkers, NY
A large Dutch Colonial cabinet from Java with bonnet top, double glass doors and sides. Created in Java during the early 20th century, this large cabinet features an exquisite bonnet...
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Early 20th Century Javanese Dutch Colonial Cabinets

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Wood, Glass

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Glass Cabinet with Metal Legs Modern, 7901
By Carpanese Home Italia
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
Two hinged doors glass cabinet with glasses and metal base. The beautiful mix between natural Walnut wood and golden galvanic metal details is perfect for a Contemporary and luxuriou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Apothecary Medical Cabinet circa 1910 cabriole legs, milk glass top, refinished
Located in Madison, WI
Medical apothecary cabinet with milk glass top and cabriole legs, circa 1920. Completely refinished in original paint color. Ten drawers in total of telescoping sizes, five on each s...
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Apothecary Cabinets

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Late 20th Century Display Glazed Cabinet on Cabriole Legs & Glass Shelves
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stylish Chinese hardwood glazed cabinet standing on cabriole legs. The cabinet is charming and decorative, with a pair of drawers, glazed s...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Cabinets

Materials

Hardwood, Glass

Dutch Silver Miniature Cross-Leg Cabinet, Herbert Hooijkaas, 1901
Located in Delft, NL
A Dutch silver 20 cm high miniature cross-leg cabinet, Herbert Hooijkaas, 1901 A large Dutch silver miniature cross-leg cabinet on bottle legs with twisted connection in Rococo st...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Sterling Silver

Materials

Silver

Contemporary Italian Pop Design Colored Glass Console / Sideboard on Nickel Legs
By Cosulich Interiors & Antiques
Located in New York, NY
An interesting colorful piece with Pop Art flair, very fun Italian modernist credenza/cabinet with the advantage of a shallow body, 3 front panel design with fixed center panel and 2...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Sideboards

Materials

Bronze, Nickel

Lathe 19th Century Mahogany Vitrine Glass Top Display Case with Harp Shaped Legs
Located in Middleburg, VA
19th century mahogany vitrine glass top display case with harp shaped legs France, late 1800s Measures: 29" H, 19.5" W, 14" D.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Billy Haines Style Dark Walnut White Lacquered /Leather Cabinet/Chest Metal Leg
By Paul Laszlo
Located in Westport, CT
William "Billy" Haines style, dark walnut hand rubbed, and off white lacquered bureau, cabinet angled design middle is shorter depth than ends and center door is lacquered leather, w...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Dr...

Materials

Brass

PULASKI Transitional Diminutive Vitrine on Metal Legs
By Pulaski Furniture Corporation
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Transitional style diminutive vitrine by Pulaski Furniture. Solid hardwood cabinet, distressed finish, brass hardware, pediment top with center finial, elevated on decorative bronz...
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine Other Vitrines

Materials

Metal, Brass

French Art Deco Vitrine with Brass Capped Legs
Located in Troy, MI
Circa 1940s French Art Deco vitrine in macassar ebony with marquetry pattern and contrasting maple interior trim. Brass trimmed legs. Sliding glass doors with two adjustable interior...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vitrines

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Brass

Rich Brown Hardwood Bookcase Two Doors & Adjustable Shelves on Cabriole Legs
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this classic brown mahogany two doors bookcase on cabriole legs. This fine, elegant and practical bookcase/cabinet has a rich brown colour, sta...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Bookcases

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Glass, Hardwood

Buffet glossy Ebony Macassar Bronzed Brass Leg & Top Tiny Mosaic Insert Led Ins
By sicis
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Buffets

Materials

Brass

Buffet Glossy Lacquer Finish Vetrite Band Metallic Legs LED Lighting Opening Sen
By sicis
Located in London, GB
Sicis is delighted to welcome you at ‘Home’. The classically inspired extent in contemporary plays an eclectic style, elegant and refined. Interiors express personality. A constant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Buffets

Materials

Metallic Thread

Legs Bookshelves in Crystal and Polished Brass By Paolo Rizzato
By Ghidini 1961
Located in Milan, IT
This sophisticated bookshelf is part of the Legs collection, featuring precious object of functional decor made in brass and crystal and creating elegant silhouette to enrich a conte...
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2010s Italian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern glass front bookcase on hairpin legs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid birch in black lacquered finish, w...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Paul McCobb Planner Group Black Lacquered Bookcases on Hairpin Legs, Refinished
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish pair of Mid-Century Modern glass front bookcases on hairpin legs By Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture, "Planner Group" USA, 1950s Solid birch in black lacqu...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Lovely Teak Danish Credenza with Floating Hutch Room Divider, Unusual Legs
By Bernhard Pedersen & Son
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous Danish modern teak credenza with floating hutch. This magnificent piece is finished on both sides so it can be used as a room divider. Tons of storage options with sliding d...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Credenzas

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Glass, Teak

21st Century Carpanese Home Italia Sideboard with Wooden Legs Neoclassic, 6202
By Carpanese Home Italia
Located in Sanguinetto, IT
2 door and 3 drawers sideboard without friezes. Other finishes available. The item can be customized.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Neoclassical Sideboards

Materials

Wood, Glass

5-Drawer Pie Crust Mirrored Chest with Ebonized Legs
By Venfield
Located in New York, NY
Custom 5-Drawer pie crust mirrored chest with ebonized legs. Customization is available in different sizes finishes, and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Art Deco Commodes and Chests of D...

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Wood

Bespoke Italian Postmodern Black Gold Gray Chests or Nightstands on Brass Legs
Located in New York, NY
One-of-a-kind three-drawer side tables / small chests, entirely handcrafted in Italy, a contemporary creation for Cosulich Interiors in reclaimed wood as a caring choice for sustaina...
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2010s Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

1990s Italian Unique White Black and Gold Chest or Sideboard on Brass Legs
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind modern three-drawer sideboard or console, entirely handmade in Italy, very attractive design, the surround in ivory white glass is also finished at the back so that thi...
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1990s Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Gold, Brass

Small French Mirrored Art Déco Chest of Drawer on Elegant Bow Legs 1925s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Small and rare mirrored Art Déco chest of drawers with four drawers on high legs. The mirror glass is veneered on oak and therefore the object is also the workmanship and design is ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Metal

Cabriole Leg Display Cabinet
Located in Toronto, ON
This cabinet is a good size and really clean. Glass shelving inside metal casing that has been painted gold. Extravagant cabriole legs curve down to support, mounted onto original ca...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Vitrines

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Metal

  • Cabriole Leg Display Cabinet
  • Cabriole Leg Display Cabinet
  • Cabriole Leg Display Cabinet
  • Cabriole Leg Display Cabinet
H 53.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 12 in.
Stunning Cabinet Bubbles with Glass Balls and Brass Legs for Tasteful Interior
By Andrii Rudenko
Located in Kyiv, UA
The “Bubbles collection” is an example of an emotional design that appeals to our inner child. The collection is inspired by excitement from childhood, provoked by the first reaction...
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2010s Ukrainian Art Deco Cabinets

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Metal, Brass

Triangular Glass Side Table with Bright Colored Legs, Mid-20th Century, Italy
Located in Noorderwijk, BE
This vintage shop window display table has a dual purpose as a two tiered, colourful side table. Each leg has a top and bottom section screwed together to make one leg which is bolte...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Plastic

Paolo Buffa Parchment Sideboard on Tapered Legs W Curled Bentwood Encasement
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
A Paolo Buffa parchment sideboard or bar on tapered legs with a curled bentwood encasement. Center drop-down and two additional side doors exposing a lighted mirrored interior with s...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Glass, Parchment Paper, Wood, Mirror

High Gloss Lacquered Bespoke Sideboard or Credenza With Perspex Legs & Handles
By Romuald Stefanski
Located in London, GB
Shortlisted in The Design et al International Product Design Awards 2016. Main body made using Tricoya. Carcass finished in reconstituted concrete. Elevations constructed in hand mo...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Sideboards

Materials

Concrete

1920 Steel Glass Cabriole Leg Cabinet
Located in Surrey, BC
This unique small example has great patina and unusual form with bevelled glass and brass hi lights. Piece is fully functional with good sliding drawer. Found in Eastern USA, hand...
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Vintage 1920s American Machine Age Vitrines

Materials

Metal

  • 1920 Steel Glass Cabriole Leg Cabinet
  • 1920 Steel Glass Cabriole Leg Cabinet
  • 1920 Steel Glass Cabriole Leg Cabinet
  • 1920 Steel Glass Cabriole Leg Cabinet
H 49 in. W 24 in. D 17 in.
Glass Top Cabriole Leg Medical Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful early medical cabinet, three beveled glass sides, original latch, and glass shelves. The legs are cast iron of cabriole form, with original wheel casters. This vitrine ca...
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Antique Early 1900s American Industrial Vitrines

Materials

Iron

  • Glass Top Cabriole Leg Medical Cabinet
  • Glass Top Cabriole Leg Medical Cabinet
  • Glass Top Cabriole Leg Medical Cabinet
  • Glass Top Cabriole Leg Medical Cabinet
H 65 in. W 24.5 in. D 19 in.
1960s very chic Italian glass cabinet raised on L-shaped legs
Located in New York, NY
A very elegant vintage Italian cabinet of exquisite execution, with two doors. This is a very rare find: great design, subtle colors of the glass, amazing details and rare proportion...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Cabinets

Materials

Bronze

Bar Cabinet Burl Veneer Carved Legs Glass Vintage, Italy, 1940s
Located in Milano, IT
A bar cabinet, burl veneer, carved wooden legs, decorated glass sliding doors, back-painted glass top. Manufactured in Italy, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Glass, Wood, Burl

Art Deco Italian Cabinet w/ Reverse Painted Glass and Originals Hair Pin Legs
Located in East Hampton, NY
This is a truly stunningly rare cabinet with ribbed front cabinets, reverse painted plateaus in soft robins egg blue. The Hairpin brass legs and original brass pulls are hardly ever ...
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Vintage 1940s Italian Art Deco Buffets

Materials

Brass

1880s Cast Iron Medical Cabinet with Cabriole Legs, Brass Hinges
Located in New York, NY
1880s extraordinary cast iron medical cabinet with original brass hinges and hardware and beveled glass. Cabriole legs underneath could support another glass shelf if desired. This i...
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Antique 1880s American Cabinets

Materials

Iron

Mid-Century Polished Brass Cabinet with Butterfly Appliques and Brass Legs
By Schumacher
Located in New York, NY
Schumacher Mid-Century Polished Brass Cabinet with Butterfly Appliques and Brass Legs Encased in Glass, Made in Belgium.
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Antique Oak Jacobean English China Cabinet Cupboard on Spiral Barley Twist Legs
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique oak Jacobean English China cabinet cupboard on spiral barley twist legs. Item features spiral carved barley twist legs, beautiful wood grain, 2 part construction, 1 glass swi...
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Early 20th Century North American Jacobean Cabinets

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Glass, Oak

1970s Colorful Italian Murano Glass Sideboard or Chest on Bronze Legs
Located in New York, NY
1970s Italian sideboard with nine drawers, decorated with an interesting and fun asymmetrical pattern, inspired by Mondrian's work, all in Murano glass in different solid colors, rai...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sideboards

Materials

Bronze

Paul McCobb Planner Group Glass Front Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, 1950s
By Planner Group, Paul McCobb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern glass front credenza or bookcase Designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" USA, circa 1950s Solid maple and gla...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Skovby Danish Modern Teak Glass Front Triple Bookcase on Hairpin Legs
By Skovby Møbelfabrik A/S 1
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek midcentury Danish modern triple bookcase cabinet By Skovby Møbelfabrik Denmark, circa 1970s Teak, with glass front doors and interior shelves and metal hairpin legs....
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Danish Modern Walnut Glass Door Bookcase/Shelf on Hairpin Legs
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a piece of time and design; a Mid-Century Modern bookcase on hairpin legs. This piece has been up-cycled from a hutch top to a bookcase with metal 'hairpin' legs. It is ma...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

Black Glass Sideboard on Crossed Bronze Legs, Italian Design, 1970s
Located in New York, NY
1970s Italian Design black glass cabinet/sideboard, on X bronze legs with a fun removable accent: two black lacquered wood slips. Two drawers on each side of an unusual bow shaped ce...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Art Deco Sideboards

Materials

Bronze

Skovby Danish Modern Rosewood Glass Front Bookcase on Hairpin Legs
By Skovby Møbelfabrik A/S 1
Located in South Bend, IN
Offering an exceptional Danish rosewood glass front bookcase on hairpin legs by Skovby. The bookcase has four glass front doors that open up to adjustable glass shelves. The rosewood...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

George Nelson for Herman Miller Walnut Glass Front Bookcase on Hairpin Legs
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek Minimalist Mid-Century Modern walnut glass front bookcase on hairpin legs By George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, circa 1950s Walnut + glass + steel Measures: 34"...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

One-of-a-Kind Italian Wine Color Glass Sideboard or Console on Bronze Legs
Located in New York, NY
Late 1970s refined one of a kind Italian chest or console with four drawers of superb design, entirely hand manufactured, the wood structure covered in glass with a rare wine color, ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Sideboards

Materials

Bronze

Romweber Mid-Century Modern Walnut Glass Front Bookcase on Hairpin Legs
By Romweber Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinet on hairpin legs By Romweber USA, circa 1950s Walnut, with beveled glass doors and steel hairpin legs. Measures: 35.25" ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Romweber Mid-Century Modern Walnut Glass Front Bookcases on Hairpin Legs, Pair
By Romweber Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinets on hairpin legs By Romweber USA, circa 1950s Walnut, with beveled glass doors and steel hairpin legs. Measures...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Sideboard with Mirror Burl Veneer Carved Legs Back-Treated Glass Brass Vintage I
Located in Milano, IT
A sideboard with mirror, burl veneer, carved wooden legs, back-treated glass top, brass handles. Manufactured in Italy, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Brass

Four Mid-Century Modern Disco Mosaic Mirror Glass Shelves or Table Legs
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Four grand Mid-Century Modern disco-ball mosaic mirror glass shelves or table legs. Four amazing shelves or legs that could be lit from the inside. The 45 degree shelves / legs ar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Mirror, Wood

Swedish Showcase with French Iron leg
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
Works tailored to a stand showcase by adding antique legs made in France to antique planters in Sweden.  
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Antique 1890s Swedish Other Vitrines

Materials

Iron

  • Swedish Showcase with French Iron leg
  • Swedish Showcase with French Iron leg
  • Swedish Showcase with French Iron leg
  • Swedish Showcase with French Iron leg
H 38.78 in. W 33.47 in. D 18.9 in.
Sideboard Vitrified Parchment, Brass Legs, Italy 1950s
Located in Rome, IT
Completely covered in parchment, and then vitrified with resin; glass and brass inserts on the doors and on the sides of the sideboard. Even the leg is all made of brass. To note the...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Brass

Pair of Paul McCobb Vitrolite Glass Tops Chests on Brass Legs and Stretchers
By Paul McCobb, Calvin Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of two floating bi-fold doors chest dressers credenzas cabinets designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

De Coene Pair of Low Showcases with Steel Legs
By De Coene
Located in Waalwijk, NL
De Coene, set of 2 vitrines, wood, steel and glass, Belgium, 1960s. Large and low modernist showcases with original glass and in good condition. This model is perfect to showcase...
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Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Steel

  • De Coene Pair of Low Showcases with Steel Legs
  • De Coene Pair of Low Showcases with Steel Legs
  • De Coene Pair of Low Showcases with Steel Legs
  • De Coene Pair of Low Showcases with Steel Legs
H 41.34 in. W 99.22 in. L 41.34 in.
Midcentury Vitrified Goat Skin and Brass Legs Italian Sideboards, 1950
Located in Rome, IT
Bright colors and stylish look for this sideboard from the mid-20th century, design and materials of value, vitrified goatskin, glass and brass. An exaggerated elegance for this side...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Brass

Milo Baughman for Directional Walnut Triple Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, 1960s
By Milo Baughman, Directional
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern display cabinet or bookcase By Milo Baughman for Directional USA, 1960s Walnut, with glass front doors and steel hairpin legs. Meas...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

George Nelson for Herman Miller Primavera Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, Refinished
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern bookcase cabinet By George Nelson for Herman Miller USA, 1950s Primavera wood, with aluminum trim, sliding glass doors, and steel hairpin l...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Showcase Sliding Doors Burl Veneer Carved Legs Brass Vintage, Italy, 1940s
Located in Milano, IT
A showcase with decorated glass sliding doors, bar side compartments with bent doors. Burl veneer, carved wooden legs, brass handles. Manufactured in Italy, 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Edmond Spence Swedish Modern Ebonized Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, Newly Refinished
By Edmond J. Spence
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional midcentury Swedish Modern ebonized glass front bookcase cabinet on hairpin legs By Edmond Spence Sweden, 1950s Newly ebonized birch case, with glass doors and...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup Danish Modern Teak Bookcase on Hairpin Legs, 1960s
By Ib Kofod-Larsen, Faarup Møbelfabrik
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish mid-century Danish Modern bookcase on hairpin legs By Ib Kofod-Larsen for Faarup Møbelfabrik Denmark, 1960s Sculpted teak, with ebonized handles, glass d...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Bookcases

Materials

Steel

Antique Medical Cabinet with Cabriole Legs, Steel and Glass Apothecary
Located in Oakville, CT
This doctor’s cabinet is a prime example of the sanitary metal and glass medical furnishings found in hospitals during the early 1900s. The steel and cast-iron construction gives it ...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Apothecary Cabinets

Materials

Steel

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Glass Leg Cabinet For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the glass leg cabinet you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Frequently made of glass, metal and wood, every glass leg cabinet was constructed with great care. Find 51 options for an antique or vintage glass leg cabinet now, or shop our selection of 6 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer glass leg cabinet, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A glass leg cabinet made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one glass leg cabinet that is appealing in its simplicity, but Paul McCobb, Calvin and Herman Miller produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Glass Leg Cabinet?

A glass leg cabinet can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $3,900, while the lowest priced sells for $750 and the highest can go for as much as $86,392.

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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