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Midcentury Side Cabinet Nightstand Bedside Table, circa 1970
Located in FR
Midcentury side cabinet nightstand bedside table Lacquered wood with inlay Single drawer Mirror shelf Metal feet Good vintage condition for its age with only minor marks of use,...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood

Arenson Studios Midcentury Side Cabinet
By Arenson Studios
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Dramatic design by the acclaimed Florida Avant Garde artist. Fashioned with copper shaded wrapped aluminum. The door panels are embossed with fish. The interior is fabric lined.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Aluminum

  • Arenson Studios Midcentury Side Cabinet
  • Arenson Studios Midcentury Side Cabinet
  • Arenson Studios Midcentury Side Cabinet
  • Arenson Studios Midcentury Side Cabinet
H 30 in. W 32.5 in. D 16 in.
Mid-Century Lane Walnut Square Side Table Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century Brutalist square walnut side table cabinet with geometric front panel design (LANE).       
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Mid Century Side Table or Glazed Cabinet, Czechoslovakia, 1960´s
By Up Závody
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Mid century side table or glazed cabinet, made by ÚP Závody in the former Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. Made in a combination of ash, elm, walnut, birch and mahogany. Glazed upper par...
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut, Ash, Birch, Elm, Mahogany

Lane Mid-Century Walnut Hexagonal Side Top Table Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century square hexagonal top side table cabinet with geometric front panel design (LANE).         
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Small Mid-Century Modern Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern walnut side cabinet that is perfect for adding storage to a room or entryway with its compact size and distinct style. Rich walnut woodgrain is contrasted with b...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Walnut

Side Cabinet Mid-Century Modern, Walnut Veneered
Located in New York, NY
Side cabinet, Mid-Century Modern, walnut veneered 2 drawers, 2 cabinet doors with key.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Side Cabinet Mid-Century Modern, Walnut Veneered
  • Side Cabinet Mid-Century Modern, Walnut Veneered
  • Side Cabinet Mid-Century Modern, Walnut Veneered
  • Side Cabinet Mid-Century Modern, Walnut Veneered
H 32.25 in. W 64.88 in. D 17.75 in.
Mid Century Modern Onyx Top Black Side Table Cabinet after Dorothy Draper
By Dorothy Draper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Very unique stretcher base ebonized side cabinet or end table with the most stunning onyx top. The table features an inset onyx stone top, brass capped feet, brass round drop pulls, ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern One Drawer Side Cabinet, circa 1950
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Mid-Century Modern one drawer side cabinet, circa 1950.   
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Side Cabinets, circa 1950
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of two-tier Mid-Century Modern walnut side cabinets with leather doors, 1950s.   
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Vintage 1950s American Cabinets

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Hexagonal Slate Top Side Cabinet Drum Table
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Mid-Century Modern walnut Hexagonal slate top side cabinet drum table. Item features hexagonal slate top, beautiful wood grain, finished back, 2 swing doors, very nice vintage item, ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Slate

Exotic Mid Century Side Cabinet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A Mid Century style exotic wood side cabinet, the rectangular glass overlaid top with a stainless steel gallery, above two gilt and leaf painted lacquer doors with a stainless steel ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Vietnamese Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

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Metal

  • Exotic Mid Century Side Cabinet
  • Exotic Mid Century Side Cabinet
  • Exotic Mid Century Side Cabinet
  • Exotic Mid Century Side Cabinet
H 47.25 in. W 46 in. D 16.75 in.
Maitland Smith Bookcase Side Table Cabinet
By Maitland Smith
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Tall Side Table leather top with interior shelves. Book shelf design made by Maitland Smith in the 1980s. In very good condition. Measures: 26 inches high with a 19 inch diameter.
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Mid-20th Century Hollywood Regency Side Tables

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Leather, Wood

Italian Renaissance St. Mid-19th Century Oak Side Cabinet
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A heavily and richly carved Italian Renaissance st. mid 19th century Oak side cabinet with one door and three drawers. The whole has exquisitely carved scrolled foliage design amidst...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Renaissance Cabinets

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Oak

Ebonized Mahogany and Stone Side Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Side cabinet constructed of ebonized, refinished mahogany with stone sculptural detail, circa 1965. In excellent condition.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Stone

  • Ebonized Mahogany and Stone Side Cabinet
  • Ebonized Mahogany and Stone Side Cabinet
  • Ebonized Mahogany and Stone Side Cabinet
  • Ebonized Mahogany and Stone Side Cabinet
H 20.5 in. W 34 in. D 36 in.
Mid-19th Century Oak and Parcel-Gilt Side Cabinet
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
An oak and parcel-gilt side cabinet, the top border of vitruvian scrolls, supports with reeded and applied decoration terminating in French scroll feet. The gilding original now some...
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Antique 19th Century British Cabinets

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Oak

Mid-Century Regency Style Green And Black Painted Cabinets / Side Tables, Pair
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a personal favorite! It is a pair of Regency style green and black painted cabinets. All of their components are original : wire doors, hardware, paint, and fabric. They are ...
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Cabinets

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Metal

Mid-19th Century Kingwood Breakfront Side Cabinet with Beautiful Marquetry Deco
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A quite exceptional 19th century Kingwood breakfront side cabinet with beautifully applied marquetry decoration in exotic timbers. In an entirely original and unrestored condition.
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Cabinets

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Wood

Mahogany Washstand Side Table Cabinet, English, circa 1840
Located in San Francisco, CA
Mahogany washstand or side table with a small cabinet and a single drawer. England, mid-19th century.    
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Side Tables

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Brass

Woven Wicker Stick Rattan Box Side Table Cabinet
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original 1960s woven wicker and stick rattan box side table with a single cabinet door along the front. Restored to new for you. All rattan, bamboo and wicker furniture has be...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Rattan

  • Woven Wicker Stick Rattan Box Side Table Cabinet
  • Woven Wicker Stick Rattan Box Side Table Cabinet
  • Woven Wicker Stick Rattan Box Side Table Cabinet
  • Woven Wicker Stick Rattan Box Side Table Cabinet
H 22.5 in. W 16.5 in. D 16.5 in.
Cube Shape Walnut End or Side Table with Cabinet
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid-century modern walnut cube shape cabinet.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Mid Century Danish Modern Dresser, Chest of Drawers or Side Cabinet in Walnut
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A clean sleek modern design from the 1960's and possibly from Scandinavia. It features beautiful grained wood with 3 deep drawers. A piece to use in any room of the house.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

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Wood

Pair of Art Deco Side Cabinets or Nightstands with Ebonized Base
Located in Miami, FL
This pair of circa 1930s French Art Deco side cabinets could be used to flank a sofa or as nightstands. Beautiful burl walnut door with original bronze pull. When you open the door ,...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Side Tables

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Burl

American Modern Walnut Side Table / Cabinet "Altavista" Series by Lane Furniture
By Lane Furniture
Located in San Diego, CA
American modern walnut side table / cabinet from the "Altavista" series by Lane Furniture, circa 1970s. The table base is hexagonal and has a door that opens to some great storage sp...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Pair of Art Deco Side Cabinets or Nightstands with Ebonized Base
Located in Miami, FL
This pair of circa 1930s French Art Deco side cabinets could be used to flank a sofa or as nightstands. Each has a storage compartment with hinged door and narrow open shelves at the...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Side Tables

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Burl

Pair of Art Deco Side Cabinets or Nightstands with Carved Ebonized Base
Located in Miami, FL
This pair of circa 1930s French Art Deco side cabinets could be used to flank a sofa or as nightstands. Each has a storage compartment with hinged door and narrow open shelves at the...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Side Tables

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Burl

Mid-Century Modern Davis Cabinet Co. Walnut Side Table
By Davis Cabinet Company
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage Davis Cabinet Co. Solid walnut nighstand, end table, cabinet. Very sturdy and in great condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Vintage Hand-Painted Octagon Drum Side Table Cabinet Attributed Arte De Mexico
By Arte de Mexico
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome and useful small octagon shaped drum style side table cabinet with storage behind double doors. hand-painted and attributed, through online research, to Arte De Mexico, alth...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Hollywood Regency Side Tables

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Wood

Danish Teak Corner Cabinet Side Table
Located in Pasadena, TX
Danish teak corner cabinet side table Space saving mid-century corner cabinet in teak on a plith base. Two doors open to roomy interior. Unique pulls.
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Teak

  • Danish Teak Corner Cabinet Side Table
  • Danish Teak Corner Cabinet Side Table
  • Danish Teak Corner Cabinet Side Table
  • Danish Teak Corner Cabinet Side Table
H 21 in. W 25.25 in. D 18 in.
Chinese Black Lacquer Side Cabinet, c. 1850
Located in Chicago, IL
Perfecting line and proportion, the simple design of this low square corner cabinet celebrates the restraint of classic Chinese furniture forms. Dated to the mid-19th century, the ch...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

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Brass

  • Chinese Black Lacquer Side Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Black Lacquer Side Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Black Lacquer Side Cabinet, c. 1850
  • Chinese Black Lacquer Side Cabinet, c. 1850
H 33.5 in. W 23.75 in. D 15.25 in.
John Kapel Side Tables or Cabinets, a Pair
By American of Martinsville, John Kapel
Located in Fulton, CA
A pair of single door end tables designed by John Kapel for American of Martinsville. Beautiful book-matched walnut wood grain from top surface to sides. Sculptural cabinet door pull...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Walnut

  • John Kapel Side Tables or Cabinets, a Pair
  • John Kapel Side Tables or Cabinets, a Pair
  • John Kapel Side Tables or Cabinets, a Pair
  • John Kapel Side Tables or Cabinets, a Pair
H 24.5 in. W 28 in. D 20 in.
Pair of Art Deco Side Cabinets or Nightstands with Ebonized Base and Burl Walnut
Located in Miami, FL
This pair of circa 1930s French Art Deco side cabinets could be used to flank a sofa or as nightstands. Each has a storage compartment with hinged door and narrow open shelves at the...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Side Tables

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Burl

65" Scandinavian Teak Cabinet Credenza/Side Board
Located in Pasadena, TX
Generous storage in this clean-lined teak cabinet. Four spacious drawers and three cabinets with shelving. Wood pulls. 65" W 25" D 39.5" H
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

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Teak

Pair of Henredon Mid-Century Asian Style Night Stands/Side Tables
By Henredon
Located in Sarasota, FL
This special almost pair of night stands / side table cabinets (one is wider than the other. brass trim pulls one drawer each and 2 doors to the bottom in the style of Asian Mid-Cen...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Walnut

Swedish Side Cabinet in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Small side cabinet in rosewood with two drawers and handles in brass. tabletop shows some signs from previous restoration.  
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Cabinets

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Brass

  • Swedish Side Cabinet in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
  • Swedish Side Cabinet in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
  • Swedish Side Cabinet in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
  • Swedish Side Cabinet in Rosewood and Brass, 1960s
H 21.66 in. W 31.5 in. D 13.78 in.
Renzo Rutili Walnut Double-Sided Cabinet for Johnson Furniture
By Johnson Furniture Co., Renzo Rutili
Located in Chicago, IL
Modern cabinet or sideboard in figural walnut by Renzo Rutili for Johnson furniture. The top section features double sliding glass doors and a split opening with closed cabinet and o...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Brass

Raymond Loewy Free Standing Low Two-Sided Cabinet DF2000
By Doubinsky Freres, Raymond Loewy
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
One of our favorite designs. This freestanding cabinet can serve as a console, dresser, or even a small vanity. This is a rare version of the Raymond Loewy DF2000 series.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Plastic, Laminate, Wood

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

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Walnut

Spanish Poplar Side Cabinet Nightstand Bedside Table with Studs, circa 1940
Located in Labrit, Landes
Spanish side cabinet nightstand Mid-century Poplar bedside table with studs One drawer Good condition. Shipping: L 59/P 38.5 /H 50 cm 11 kg.
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Poplar

1970s French Riviera Two Door Bamboo and Rattan Side Cabinet
Located in London, GB
A 1970s French Riviera two door bamboo and rattan side cabinet with intricate woven detail on the doors. The door open to reveal 3 shelves and the sides have interesting angled detai...
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Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Bamboo, Rattan

Bedside Table Danish Cabinet with 3 Shelves 1960s
Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
Bedside table Danish cabinet with 3 shelves 1960s Beautiful Danish design bedside table made of teak. In the 60s the bottom shelf is adjustable in height. Very handy for a...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Teak

  • Bedside Table Danish Cabinet with 3 Shelves 1960s
  • Bedside Table Danish Cabinet with 3 Shelves 1960s
  • Bedside Table Danish Cabinet with 3 Shelves 1960s
  • Bedside Table Danish Cabinet with 3 Shelves 1960s
H 24.41 in. W 21.66 in. D 11.82 in.
Antique Mirrored Side Cabinet, English, Walnut, Marble, Dresser, Victorian, 1850
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique mirrored side cabinet. An English, walnut and marble dresser base, dating to the early Victorian period, circa 1850. Grand in form and craftsmanship Displays a...
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

Rare Carved Walnut Cabinet by Brown Saltman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare carved walnut cabinet by Brown Saltman. Original Brown Saltman sticker. This Piece has a seldom seen finished backing. Can be used floating in an open space, perhaps between two...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Driftwood

Alexander Roux Serpentine Inlaid Side Cabinet’ Uses Mainly Light Wood Materials
Located in Warsaw, PL
Alexander Roux Serpentine Inlaid Side Cabinet’ uses mainly light wood materials such as kingwood or satinwood, and floral motifs to bring a feeling of closeness, friendliness towards...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Napoleon III Cabinets

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Wood

Chinese Vintage Elmwood Side Cabinet with Two Drawers over Double Doors
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage elmwood side cabinet from the mid 20th century, with two drawers over double doors. Created in China during the midcentury period, this side cabinet features a rect...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Brass

Vintage Chinese Red Lacquer Side Cabinet with Hand-Painted Floral Décor
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage red lacquer side cabinet from the mid 20th century, with hand-painted floral décor. Created in China during the midcentury period, this side cabinet charms us with ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Cabinets

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Wood

Chinese Vintage Ming Dynasty Style Side Cabinet with Dark Brown Patina
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese vintage Ming Dynasty style side cabinet from the mid-20th century, with round medallion hardware and dark brown patina. Created in China during the midcentury period, this ...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Ming Cabinets

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Wood

Black Lacquer Alter Table with Pair of Cabinets
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Black lacquer altar table, tabletop finished with everted ends. Features pair of doors / cabinets on the sides. Original black lacquer with a light natural patina. Hebei Province,...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Qing Side Tables

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Wood, Lacquer

  • Black Lacquer Alter Table with Pair of Cabinets
  • Black Lacquer Alter Table with Pair of Cabinets
  • Black Lacquer Alter Table with Pair of Cabinets
  • Black Lacquer Alter Table with Pair of Cabinets
H 38.19 in. W 103.94 in. D 16.54 in.
Midcentury Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This simple walnut side cabinet is perfect for that room you need just a bit more storage space in. With ample room inside and a large functional top, this piece is both beautiful an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

  • Midcentury Walnut Side Cabinet
  • Midcentury Walnut Side Cabinet
  • Midcentury Walnut Side Cabinet
  • Midcentury Walnut Side Cabinet
H 28 in. W 34 in. D 17.5 in.
Double Sided Mid Century Bookcase in Mahogany
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: England Designer: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown Era: 1960s Materials: Mahogany Measurements: 30? wide x 16? deep x 42? tall Condition: In excellent original condition.
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Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Mahogany

Highly Important Pair of Neoclassical Side Cabinets by Jules Piret, circa 1860
By Jules Piret
Located in London, GB
A rare and highly important pair of neoclassical style gilt-bronze and biscuit porcelain mounted mahogany side cabinets, by Jules Piret. French, circa 1860 incorporating 18th cent...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Neoclassical Cabinets

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Bronze

Rosewood Brass Campaign End Table Nighstand Cabinet John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern John Stuart Campaign one drawer end side table by John Stuart. Striking rosewood grain pattern medium gloss finish.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Brass

Fine Pair Lorin Marsh Curly Macassar Ebony Polished Nickel Chests Cabinets
By Lorin Marsh
Located in Roslyn, NY
A fine near pair of Lorin marsh curly Macassar ebony and polished nickel single drawer and double door chests, the top of the cabinets are matching the bottom of one without a stretc...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Nickel

Three Drawer Campaign Style Three-Drawer Chest Occasional Cabinet Stand Table
By Heritage Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice three-drawer Campaign style leather top chest with two folding brass carry handles.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Leather

Very Fine Pair of Side Cabinets with Sèvres-style Porcelain Panels, circa 1860
Located in London, GB
A very fine pair of gilt bronze mounted side cabinets with Sèvres-style porcelain panels. French, circa 1860. A very fine pair of gilt bronze mounted side cabinets with Sèvres-...
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Cabinets

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Bronze

Two Fabric Upholstered Bedside Cabinets in Light Cherry Red and Glass, 1980s
Located in Nürnberg, Bayern
Two fabric upholstered bedside cabinets in light cherry red and glass.     
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Vintage 1980s German Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Wood, Fabric, Plastic

Mid Century Teak Side Board Credenza with Sleigh Base
Located in Pasadena, TX
6.6ft Mid Century teak side board credenza with sleigh base Roomy and functional sideboard with drop down liquor cabinet. Three drawers and a center 2 door cabinet with sculpte...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Teak

Mid Century Modern Long Rounded Sides Credenza by Thonet
By Thonet
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Rare Mid-Century Modern long credenza with rounded drum shape ends credenza dresser by Thonet. Comes with the working key.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Chrome

Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Double Sided Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom mid century walnut double sided executive desk Desk measures: 81.25 wide x 36 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 25.25 inches All pieces of furniture c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Walnut

Mainline by Hooker Mid Century Single Sided Floating Display Desk
By Hooker Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Mainline by Hooker mid century single sided floating display desk This desk measures: 49 wide x 25 deep x 30.25 inches high, with a chair clearance of 23.5 inches All pieces of...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

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Midcentury Side Cabinets For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of midcentury side cabinets available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, metal and walnut, all midcentury side cabinets available were constructed with great care. Find 400 antique and vintage midcentury side cabinets at 1stDibs now, or shop our selection of 6 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished furniture. There are all kinds of midcentury side cabinets available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Midcentury side cabinets bearing Mid-Century Modern or Art Deco hallmarks are very popular at 1stDibs. Many midcentury side cabinets are appealing in their simplicity, but Arne Vodder, John Stuart and Lane Furniture produced popular midcentury side cabinets that are worth a look.

How Much are Midcentury Side Cabinets?

Prices for midcentury side cabinets start at $350 and top out at $182,301 with the average selling for $2,700.

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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