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Unusual 19th Century Cherry Enfilade from Picardie
Located in Atlanta, GA
Unusual one of a kind 19th century cherry enfilade from Picardie.
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Buffets

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Cherry

Unusual 1940s Bar Cabinet
Located in Bridgewater, CT
1940s bar cabinet in Renaissance Revival style, with polychrome hand-painted decoration on black lacquered wood, depicting a naval scene with coat of arms symbols and the correspondi...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Wrought Iron

  • Unusual 1940s Bar Cabinet
  • Unusual 1940s Bar Cabinet
  • Unusual 1940s Bar Cabinet
  • Unusual 1940s Bar Cabinet
H 59 in. W 59 in. D 22 in.
Unusual Edwardian Corner Cupboard
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn3786 Edwardian Sheraton revival, mahogany corner cabinet / drinks cabinet, having shaped upstand to top (optional) and finely inlaid top and frieze above panelled crossbanded and i...
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Antique Early 1900s English Edwardian Cabinets

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Mahogany

  • Unusual Edwardian Corner Cupboard
  • Unusual Edwardian Corner Cupboard
  • Unusual Edwardian Corner Cupboard
  • Unusual Edwardian Corner Cupboard
H 55.12 in. W 23.23 in. D 16.93 in.
Unusual French Period Cupboard
Located in Chulmleigh, Devon
In commode form but with doors from Louis Phillpe period with very well carved swans to sides all in faded mahogany and dark grey veined marble top, shelf to top and drawer above.   
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Antique 1840s French Louis Philippe Cabinets

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Marble

  • Unusual French Period Cupboard
  • Unusual French Period Cupboard
  • Unusual French Period Cupboard
  • Unusual French Period Cupboard
H 38 in. W 51 in. D 26 in.
Unusual Continental Inlaid Cabinet
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn3613 very unusual Continental inlaid cabinet with bookmatched quarter veneer sides, having white veined marble top above inlaid frieze drawer and fall front which opens to reveal s...
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Antique 1890s French Victorian Cabinets

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Tulipwood

  • Unusual Continental Inlaid Cabinet
  • Unusual Continental Inlaid Cabinet
  • Unusual Continental Inlaid Cabinet
  • Unusual Continental Inlaid Cabinet
H 48.23 in. W 18.51 in. D 13 in.
Unusual George III Sideboard
Located in Port Chester, NY
Unusual George III (Hepplewhite) mahogany crossbanded serpentine sideboard with tambour doors on square tapered legs and rare rosewood secondary woods.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Sideboards

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Mahogany

  • Unusual George III Sideboard
  • Unusual George III Sideboard
  • Unusual George III Sideboard
  • Unusual George III Sideboard
H 38 in. W 72 in. D 29 in.
Unusual German Etagere Store Display
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual German (marked made in West Germany), chrome-plated etagere-display unit. Two identical available, priced separately. Lower shelves are mirrored glass-the rest are clear.
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Vintage 1960s German Modern Vitrines

  • Unusual German Etagere Store Display
  • Unusual German Etagere Store Display
  • Unusual German Etagere Store Display
  • Unusual German Etagere Store Display
H 54 in. W 31.5 in. D 34 in.
Unusual Victorian Pier Cabinet in Walnut
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
Sn3160, fine quality and very unusual Victorian, figured walnut pier cabinet - display cabinet, having arched mirrored upstand to back with fretwork decoration to sides, moulded top ...
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Antique 1870s English Victorian Cabinets

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Walnut

  • Unusual Victorian Pier Cabinet in Walnut
  • Unusual Victorian Pier Cabinet in Walnut
  • Unusual Victorian Pier Cabinet in Walnut
  • Unusual Victorian Pier Cabinet in Walnut
H 51.19 in. W 28.55 in. D 15.56 in.
Unusual Dunbar Chest with Bifold Doors
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual Dunbar chest, circa 1960s with bifold doors, concealing 2 drawers on one side and adjustable shelves on the other. Measuring 36" W and 18" D its small scale makes it attra...
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Cabinets

  • Unusual Dunbar Chest with Bifold Doors
  • Unusual Dunbar Chest with Bifold Doors
  • Unusual Dunbar Chest with Bifold Doors
  • Unusual Dunbar Chest with Bifold Doors
H 30.25 in. W 36 in. D 18.25 in.
Unusual Small Black Forest Burl Cabinet
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
This small cabinet features a generous amount of raised burl walnut and intricate carving.
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Antique 19th Century Swiss Black Forest Cabinets

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Walnut

Unusual Small Black Forest Burl Cabinet
H 45 in. W 26 in. D 13 in.
19th Century French Unusual Armoire / Cabinet
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century French unusual armoire / cabinet with large netted window and three large shelves inside.  
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Antique 19th Century French Cabinets

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Oak, Paint

Unusual 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffet
Located in Helsingborg, SE
An unusual 18th century Baroque buffet or sideboard in its original finish with nine numbered drawers inside, circa 1740, Sweden. Good condition with wear consistent with age and...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffets

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Pine

  • Unusual 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffet
  • Unusual 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffet
  • Unusual 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffet
  • Unusual 18th Century Swedish Baroque Buffet
H 35.24 in. W 52.17 in. D 28.55 in.
Unusual Revolving Lister Imperial Silks Haberdashers Cabinet
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
An unusual revolving lister imperial silks haberdashers cabinet. This is a very different piece, the cabinet revolves on its base, each side has a small lid which opens to allow a...
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20th Century English Industrial Cabinets

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Oak

Unusual Modernist Vanity/Desk Made in Denmark
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual modernist vanity/desk made in Denmark, adjustable pivoting rectangular mirror. Four-drawer left and right, center drawer with secondary deep storage, rosewood drawer pulls.   
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Desks

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Glass, Rosewood, Teak

Unusual Sculptural Front Credenza, Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual sculptural front-light wood credenza. This piece not only has great style but has tons of storage options-three long drawers and doors that open to reveal one adjustable shel...
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Vintage 1970s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak, Walnut

Unusual Mid-Century Modern Floating Top Dresser
By Tommi Parzinger, Charak Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Nice unusual serused oak floating top Mid-Century Modern dresser.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Oak

Extremely Unusual Mid-Century Dresser w/ Tambour Front
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern dresser with vertical sliding door revealing three large drawers. Warm teak grain throughout, brass knob locks the tambour door in place. Works as a dresser or med...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Dressers

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Walnut

Unusual Mid-Century Modern Credenza by Skovby Mobelfabrik
By Skovby Møbelfabrik A/S 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage Danish server features an overhanging top with a curved front and a rich teak finish. A unique design that offers plenty of room for storage within its hefty d...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Teak

Unusual Mid-Century Modern Drexel Two-Piece Hutch
By Drexel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful vintage modern wall unit that consists of two pieces. A unique design that offers plenty of storage without sacrificing style. Sturdy construction, elegant walnut wood gr...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Walnut

Unusual Antique Indian or African Shelve Unit Bookcase
Located in Surbiton, Surrey
A unique and unusual shelving composition. Believed to be early 20th century possibly earlier. Formed from heavy wood, with a variety of metal and brass embellishments. Fo...
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Early 20th Century French Bookcases

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Wood

Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
Located in Kramfors, SE
Unusual Rococo cabinet from Northern Sweden. The cabinet was manufactured during the late 18th century, sometime circa 1770. That is right around the time where previous Rococo trans...
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Antique Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinets

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Pine

  • Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
  • Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
  • Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
  • Unusual Late 18th Century Swedish Rococo Cabinet
H 95.67 in. W 46.86 in. D 16.93 in.
Unusual Wooden Box for Pharmaceuticals
Located in Milan, IT
Unusual wooden box with hinged lid containing six glass bottles for pharmaceuticals. English manufacture of the second half of the nineteenth century. Good condition. Width 24 cm - i...
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Antique 1860s British Apothecary Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

  • Unusual Wooden Box for Pharmaceuticals
  • Unusual Wooden Box for Pharmaceuticals
  • Unusual Wooden Box for Pharmaceuticals
  • Unusual Wooden Box for Pharmaceuticals
H 7.29 in. W 9.45 in. D 3.55 in.
Fine and Unusual Napoleon III Period Boulle Cabinet
By André-Charles Boulle
Located in London, GB
Formed with three mirrored doors to the front, separated by fluted columns and decorated with inlaid brass, tortoiseshell and ebonized wood with ormolu mounts, on bun feet.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Cabinets

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Ormolu, Brass

Fine and Unusual Napoleon III Period Boulle Cabinet
H 64.97 in. W 68.9 in. D 19.69 in.
Unusual 12 Drawers Solid Maple Chest of Drawers
By Russel Wright, Conant Ball
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice Mid-Century Modern solid maple high chest with two rows of drawers.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Unusual Empire Style Bookcase, France, 19th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Quirky and unusual Empire style breakfront bookcase, the wood painted with a faux bois trompe l'oeil, and decorated with plaster moldings painted gold. Three sections, each contai...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Bookcases

  • Unusual Empire Style Bookcase, France, 19th Century
  • Unusual Empire Style Bookcase, France, 19th Century
  • Unusual Empire Style Bookcase, France, 19th Century
  • Unusual Empire Style Bookcase, France, 19th Century
H 72.45 in. W 18.9 in. D 75.99 in.
Unusual 18th c. American Sideboard, by Duncan Phyfe
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to famed eighteenth century cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe, this American Empire mahogany sideboard features a backsplash decorated with a miniature colonnade, retractable desk...
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Antique Late 18th Century American Empire Sideboards

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Mahogany, Mirror

Unusual Japanese Taisho Era Chadansu 'Tea Cabinet', circa 1920s
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Japanese Taisho era Chadansu (tea cabinet), circa 1920s, Diminutive composition with drawers and sliding compartments. Unusual origami folded crane decorative elements.
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Vintage 1920s Japanese Anglo-Japanese Cabinets

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Bone, Wood

Unusual 19th Century English Regency Mahogany Bowfront Sideboard
Located in Charleston, SC
Unusual 19th century English Regency mahogany bowfront sideboard. incredible flame mahogany top. Center section comprised of 2 drawers over 2 cabinet doors, flanked on either side wi...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Sideboards

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Mahogany

Unusual and Rare Pair of Adrian Pearsall Brutalist Etageres
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual and rare pair of Adrian Pearsall Brutalist etageres. Very hard to find one but to have a pair-oh my. Please see our huge selection of other pieces by Adrian Pearsall in our o...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

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Glass, Resin

Most Unusual Pair of Four Height Mahogany Wall Shelves
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A most unusual pair of four height, mahogany wall shelves with very finely cast galleries. The shelves retaining their original surfaces.     
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Early 20th Century English Shelves

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Mahogany

Unusual and Rare Bamboo Veneered Oak Desk and Chair
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A highly unusual bamboo veneered oak desk and stool. It is highly figured and beautifully restored. The stool or chair stores nicely under the desk.
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Vintage 1940s American Desks

Unusual Pace Collection Curved Edge Credenza, Mid-Century Modern
By Pace Collection
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual pace collection curved brass edge credenza. This piece is veneered with a taupe laminate for easy care and has stylish brass curved edges and feet. The doors open to reveal t...
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Vintage 1960s American Credenzas

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Laminate

Charming and Unusual Display Table, France, 19th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
This lovely table features a large rectangular display case/ vitrine as the table top, supported by by four barley twist legs with ununsual feet. The table top surround is carved...
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Antique 19th Century French Vitrines

Quality Unusual Antique Edwardian Mahogany and Satinwood Inlaid Display Cabinet
Located in Norwich, GB
Quality unusual antique Edwardian mahogany and satinwood inlaid display cabinet. This attractive piece has a shaped cornice top section with one large astragal door opening to reveal...
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Vintage 1910s English Edwardian Vitrines

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Mahogany, Satinwood

Unusual Antique Walnut “Commode Buffet” from Southern Germany, circa 1760
Located in Dallas, TX
This unique and elegant walnut veneer commode-form buffet is from Southern Germany, circa 1760. Originally produced as a three-row chest of drawers, a previous owner had the commo...
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Antique Mid-18th Century German Buffets

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Brass

Unusual Rustic Modernist 12 Drawer Dresser, "Sculptured Pine" Franklyn Shockey
By Franklin Shockey Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual rustic modernist 12 drawer dresser, "Sculptured Pine" designed by Franklyn Shockey. Lexington N C. The FLINSTONES meets Jack Van Der MOLIN... Stunning sculptural design, copp...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Copper

Most Unusual and Highly Figured, Early 19th Century Dresser
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A most unusual and highly figured dresser. The top with two shelves below a shaped back border. Original turned handles. Extremely fine timbers throughout and in original condition. ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Dressers

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Wood

Unusual 9-Drawer Dresser, Sculpted Walnut Made by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual 9-drawer dresser, sculpted walnut made by American of Martinsville. Amazing architectural design. Over 30 years in the business, i have never come across this line. Featuring...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

Mid-20th Century Unusual Wood and Mirrored Glass Étagère
Located in Atlanta, GA
Mid-20th century unusual wood and mirrored glass étagère.
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Mid-20th Century Shelves

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Glass, Wood

Chippendale Period Mahogany Desk of Unusual Form with Blind Drawers
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A very good Chippendale period mahogany desk of unusual form. The ends with blind drawers. The fitted sections behind the pillars which are original. Good swan neck handles.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Chippendale Desks

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Mahogany

Fine and Unusual American Modern Dark Walnut Desk, Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top with paneled edge and raised edges "floating" over two cabinet ends with two drawers, with pivoting wood and brass handles and a pencil drawer between, on splayed...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

French Empire Cylinder Bureau, Early 19th Century, Very Unusual Model
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
French Empire cylinder Bureau, early 19th century with extraordinary quality mahogany. Topped with grey marble. Very unusual model of Empire Furniture.     
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Antique Early 19th Century French Desks

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Marble, Bronze

Antique French Buffet from St-Malo, Malouin 'Brittany' Region, Unusual Details
Located in Chicago, IL
Exquisite antique French buffet from the St-Malo, Malouin region of France and what makes this French buffet so special and so unusual, besides the obvious, it’s incredible visual im...
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Antique 1860s French Country Buffets

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Oak

Unusual Double Sided Swivel Cylinder Shape Dresser Cheval Mirror Combo Cabinet
By Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern combo tall cylinder dresser cheval mirror cabinet. Unusual combination of function and design.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Walnut

Unusual Early 19th Century Biedermeier Library Desk, German or Austrian
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
A very attractive early 19th century library desk, veneered an precious satinwood, with ebonised banding, the freeze with three drawers to the front and three blind drawers to the op...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Biedermeier Desks

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Fruitwood, Satinwood

Unusual Czech Midcentury Yellow and Red Flower Stand, Lacquered Wood, 1940s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
Unusual Czech midcentury yellow and red flower stand, lacquered wood, 1940s. Source: Czechia (Czechoslovakia) Period: 1940-1949.
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Mid-20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Unusual American Modern Bamboo, Leather, and Chrome Banded Desk, Ernest Masi
By Ernest C. Masi
Located in Hollywood, FL
Overall covered in bamboo rods forming the case, with a leather writing surface, surrounded by chrome banding.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Bamboo

Unusual 19th Century Display Cabinet in the Form of a Lighthouse
Located in London, GB
An Unusual Display Cabinet of 'Lighthouse' form Constructed in teak; rising from a circular plinth base, inset with a single lockable door housing a shelved interior; the rotating b...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Late Victorian Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Teak

Unusual Pair of Gustavian Corner Clock Cabinets, Origin Mora, Sweden, Circa 1780
Located in New York, NY
Unusual pair of Gustavian corner clock cabinets, origin: Mora, Sweden, circa 1780 Each cabinet with matching working, tall case clocks decorated with four fluted diamond patterns an...
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Antique 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Cabinets

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Wood, Paint

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

20th Century Restored Unusual Czech Bauhaus Chrome White Flower Pedestal, 1930s
Located in Prague 1, CZ
This pedestal, with a frame of bent steel tube and shelves, was made in the 1930s in the Czech Republic. Original chromium plating in excellent original condition. Restored white la...
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Early 20th Century Czech Bauhaus Shelves

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Chrome

Rare and Unusual Polyhedron Bar Cabinet by Vuillermoz
By Ico Parisi
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare and unusual polyhedron bar cabinet by M. Vuillermoz Dambrine France, circa 1960 mahogany, brass Three mahogany doors lined in brass open to reveal storage for bottles ...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Rare and Unusual Indian Cupboard Made for the Dutch or English Market
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
A rare and unusual Indian cupboard made for the Dutch or English market, shaped as an irregular hexagon in section, with two stepped tiers of drawers and cupboards surmounted by an a...
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Antique 1820s Indian Cupboards

Materials

Mahogany, Satinwood

Unusual 3-D Gilded Armoire - France, 1940s
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
Fun 1940s almost square armoire with "beveled" frame-like doors. Craquelé gold paint effect.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Wardrobes and Armoires

  • Unusual 3-D Gilded Armoire - France, 1940s
  • Unusual 3-D Gilded Armoire - France, 1940s
  • Unusual 3-D Gilded Armoire - France, 1940s
  • Unusual 3-D Gilded Armoire - France, 1940s
H 64.18 in. W 66.93 in. D 27.56 in.
Unusual Mid-Century Modern Store Fixture, Plastic, Wood and Glass, 20 Cubbies
By Gilbert Rohde
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual Mid-Century Modern store fixture featuring twenty polypropylene slide out drawers or cubbies encased in a classic cerused oakwood frame. Original glass top. Hand delivery ava...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Steel

Pair of Very Unusual and Rare 18th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Cabinets
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Pair of unusually beautiful cabinets in black lacquer with well-preserved original decorations in polychrome, showing houses and people. The cabinets are rarely seen today. Dating 17...
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Antique Early 18th Century Chinese Qing Cabinets

Materials

Lacquer

Unusual Early 20th C Tall Spanish Narrow Iron and Beveled Glass Display Cabinet
Located in Troy, MI
Tall narrow iron display cabinet with interior glass shelves, Circa 1920s. Hand wrought curvy legs and open work crest with arched and beveled edge glass door panels. Three adjustabl...
Category

Early 20th Century Spanish Vitrines

Materials

Iron

Unusual Two Bay Solid Teak Stereo Wall Unit Woodcraft Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Unusual Two bay solid teak stereo wall unit made by the Canadian company WoodCraft. This wall unit can be arranged to suit your needs having a wonderful cabinet with pull out desk fo...
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Vintage 1970s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Teak

Unusual 19th Century Woven Pine Dome Top Trunk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Unusual 19th century woven pine dome top trunk, circa 1890. Scandinavian trunk made from inter woven strips of pine, with an outer pine frame. Hinged dome top lid with securing la...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Rustic Blanket Chests

Materials

Pine

  • Unusual 19th Century Woven Pine Dome Top Trunk
  • Unusual 19th Century Woven Pine Dome Top Trunk
  • Unusual 19th Century Woven Pine Dome Top Trunk
  • Unusual 19th Century Woven Pine Dome Top Trunk
H 22.25 in. W 29.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Unusual Hand Carved Folk Art Cylinder Bar / Storage, Modernist, Tiki Craftsman
By Witco
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual hand carved. Folk Art cylinder bar / storage, modernist, tiki craftsman, wonderful scale and patina. End table, stand, pedistal. Charming little decorative item.
Category

Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Dry Bars

Materials

Walnut, Walnut

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Unusual Case Pieces For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of unusual case pieces is available at 1stDibs. The range of distinct unusual case pieces — often made from wood, hardwood and mahogany — can elevate any home. Unusual case pieces have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. Unusual case pieces are generally popular furniture pieces, but Mid-Century Modern, Victorian and Baroque styles are often sought at 1stDibs. American of Martinsville, Broyhill and Drexel each produced beautiful unusual case pieces that are worth considering.

How Much are Unusual Case Pieces?

Unusual case pieces can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $4,395, while the lowest priced sells for $474 and the highest can go for as much as $85,000.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets 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.