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Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

AESTHETIC MOVEMENT

In 1880, polymath designer William Morris declared: “If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” His words encapsulated the Aesthetic Movement, which prized beauty above all and blurred the lines between fine art and the decorative arts, particularly through lavishly crafted furniture pieces.

The Aesthetic Movement, whose major proponents included author Oscar Wilde, flourished from the 1860s to the 1880s and was mostly popular in England and the United States. Design expositions like the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia, as well as the publishing of how-to books for interior design, helped disseminate Aesthetic Movement bedroom furniture, serveware, coffee tables and other items, especially to the middle class.

The establishment of new art museums, art clubs and a rising passion for collecting at the time contributed to a growing appreciation for art. Morris’s founding of Morris & Co. in 1862 and the commercializing of this “cult of beauty” by the Liberty store in London, starting in the late 19th century, further disseminated the idea of a domestic space that was thoughtfully and floridly designed.

Leading Aesthetic Movement furniture designers included E.W. Godwin, who drew on Japanese influences and whose work reflected a wider enthusiasm for imported East Asian art. British designer Christopher Dresser created textiles, ceramics and more that were also inspired by Japanese decorative art but were representative of additional diverse design sources that ranged from Egypt to Mexico.

The Aesthetic Movement’s eclecticism resulted in dazzling interiors. Japanese fans were positioned on Renaissance-inspired cabinets with brass hardware, while mantels made of rich walnut or finely carved ebonized wood and adorned with painted Minton tiles mingled with cast-iron chairs against a backdrop of floral wallpaper. In 1881, in New York City, stenciled checkerboard motifs and painted floral murals could be found under an opalescent glass chandelier in a luxurious dressing room designed by German émigré cabinetmaker-decorator George Alfred Schastey. Amid the rise of the industrial age, the style’s promotion of art in everyday life would inform the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau.

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Style: Aesthetic Movement
Early 20th-C. Chinese Bamboo Cabinet / Etagere / Bookcase With Ornate Fretwork
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is such a versatile piece! It is an antique Chinese bamboo cabinet with ornate fretwork and original hardware. I love that the bottom portion opens to storage. The shelves are s...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bamboo

Gillows. A fine Aesthetic Movement side cabinet with hand painted floral panels
Located in London, GB
Gillows. An Aesthetic Movement side cabinet with hand painted floral panels to the doors and drawers; with a turned gallery to the top and to the lower shelf.
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1880s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

19th-C. English Aesthetic Movement Bamboo & Lacquer Cabinet / Etagere / Vanity
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a show stopper! This is a 19th century English burnt bamboo and Japanned lacquer cabinet. This could work in a bath or hall or kitchen or just about any where! This piece is ...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bamboo, Mirror, Wood

Pair of Victorian Marquetry, Ebony Framed Burr Walnut Display Cabinets
Located in Altrincham, GB
Pair of Victorian Marquetry, Ebony Framed Burr Walnut Display Cabinets attributed to Lamb of Manchester - 30.5"w x 15"d x 46"h
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Late 19th Century English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Ebony, Walnut

Syrian Inlaid Cabinet, 19th Century
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a wonderfully creative Levantine or Syrian cabinet that dates to the late 19th century. It's style is reminiscent of the work of Carlo Bugatti. This cabinet is intricately de...
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Late 19th Century Syrian Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Metal

Collinson & Lock Mahogany Cabinet
Located in Essex, MA
With a rectangular superstructure with brass gallery and column supports over a rectangular top over a pair of doors one stamped 'Collinson & Lock" London 6143. Enclosing sliding she...
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1880s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Brass

Early Victorian Ebonised Inlay Pier Cabinet Glazed Bookcase Velvet Lined
Located in Llanbrynmair, GB
A well proportioned Victorian peer cabinet, ebonised with fruitwood inlay and standing on four turned bobbin feet. Two opening glazed doors, retaining its original lock and key, ope...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Fruitwood, Mahogany

19th Century English Victorian Aesthetic Bamboo Side Cabinet
Located in Forney, TX
A charming late 19th century English Victorian Aesthetic Movement side cabinet. Hand-crafted in exotic Oriental Chinoiserie taste, featuring attractive lightly scorched tiger bamboo...
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19th Century Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bamboo, Glass

Circa 1890s Aesthetic Movement Music Cabinet by Heywood Brothers and Wakefield
Located in Peabody, MA
A rare Aesthetic Movement music cabinet adorned with musical notes, in original ebony finish by the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company, circa 1890s.
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1890s American Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

Materials

Rattan, Wood

19th Century Bone Inlaid Moroccan Cabinet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Finely inlaid cabinet. Excellent condition.
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19th Century Moroccan Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bone, Wood

Aesthetic Movement Mirrored Cabinet Attributed to Henry William Batley
By Henry William Batley
Located in Savannah, GA
In an unusual pentagon shape, this fine Victorian example of the Aesthetic Movement is constructed of burled walnut and ebonized wood. Features include a raised beveled mirrored ba...
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1870s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Wood, Walnut

Early 20th Century Rare Coromantel, Ebony and Satinwood Display Cabinet
Located in Tyrone, Northern Ireland
A stylish and rare Coromantel, Ebony and Satinwood display cabinet. The interior lined with Satinwood and fitted with two glass shelves. The frame made of Coromantel wood with dec...
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Early 20th Century European Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Satinwood

19th Century French Louis XIV Carved Oak and Glass Display Cabinet from Normandy
Located in Dallas, TX
Hand crafted in Normandy, northern France circa 1870, and built in two sections, the antique oak and glass cabinet stands on a thick bottom plinth, and dressed at the pediment with a large carved decorative cornice. Each section features side glass panels and dressed with a central glass door decorated with hand carved floral and leaf motifs, opening to adjustable shelving (one glass shelf in each cabinet, but could accommodate 3 or 4). The elegant tall and narrow vitrine...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Glass, Oak

Edwards & Roberts, Queen Anne Revival Swan Neck Inlaid Mahogany Wall Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Edwards & Roberts. An Edwardian Aesthetic Movement Queen Anne Revival mahogany wall cabinet with floral inlaid swan neck pediment and chequer and line in...
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Early 1900s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Mahogany

Dr C Dresser, Style of, an Aesthetic Movement Ebonized & Gilt Bedside Cabinet
Located in London, GB
In the style of Dr. C dresser, probably made by Gillows. A fine English Aesthetic Movement ebonized walnut bedside cabinet with a three-quarter gallery to the top, a single panelled...
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1870s British Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

Collinson & Lock. Aesthetic Movement Anglo-Japanese Glazed Walnut Side Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Collinson & Lock. An outstanding quality Aesthetic Movement Anglo-Japanese walnut side cabinet with dentil moulding to the cornice and astr...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

Aesthetic Movement Walnut Cabinet of Architectural Form with Carved Decoration.
Located in London, GB
An English Aesthetic Movement walnut cabinet of architectural form with carved floral decoration to the upper and lower cupboard doors with stylized brass ring pull handles to the do...
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1880s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

Dr C Dresser Attr. Aesthetic Movement Incised, Gilded & Ebonized Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Dr C Dresser attributed an Aesthetic Movement ebonized display cabinet with incised and gilded zig-zag decoration. Probably made for Bushloe House. I wa...
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1870s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Walnut

Aesthetics Movement Late Victorian Bamboo and Black Lacquered Étagère Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
Late 19th-early 20th century bamboo étagère with side shelves, glass door, and mirrored upper section with shaped black lacquered decorated top.
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Late 19th Century Unknown Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bamboo, Lacquer

American 19th Century Handcrafted “CHERUBS" Aesthetic Walnut Serving Cabinet
Located in South Burlington, VT
Aesthetic walnut serving cabinet, “Cherubs”, with 20 finely incised inlaid panels This is an original and beautiful handcrafted and hand incised wa...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Aesthetics Movement Bamboo and Inlaid Étagère with Pagoda Top
Located in New York, NY
19th Century Bamboo and inlaid etagere with pagoda top and 3 doors with 3 beveled mirrors and black lacquered decorated top.
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19th Century Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Bamboo, Mirror

Faux Bamboo Armoire
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Aesthetic Movement faux-bamboo armoire in the "Asian" taste. Wonderful carving and mother-of-pearl inlay details. Mirror-front doors. Beautifully fitted and fully lined with upholste...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Mother-of-Pearl, Wood, Faux Bamboo

Lamb of Manchester. An Aesthetic Movement Ebonized and Coromandel Side Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Lamb of Manchester, an Aesthetic Movement ebonised and coromandel side cabinet, with a bevelled mirrored and shelved back, a glazed base with a spindle galleried undershelf, stamped ...
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19th Century British Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Mahogany

An Aesthetic Movement Mahogany Corner Cabinet with Incised Floral Decoration
Located in London, GB
An Aesthetic Movement Mahogany Corner Cabinet with floral decoration to the upper shelf area, and to the doors incised decoration of circul...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Beech

Bruce Talbert for Gillows attri, A Fine Aesthetic Movement Oak & Glazed Cabinet
Located in London, GB
Bruce Talbert attributed to Gillows. A rare Aesthetic Movement oak cabinet with parcel-gilt carving to the demilune doors depicting vine grapes and a butterfly to the right, and the...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Oak

English Ebonized Cupboard Cabinet
Located in New York, NY
English Aesthetic Movement (19th Century) ebonized cupboard cabinet with gold incised and floral carved trim and mirrored back panels on upper section with filigree pediment top.
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19th Century English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

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Gold

Aesthetic Movement Bamboo Corner Etagere
Located in New York, NY
Aesthetic Movement bamboo corner etagere, with three faux lacquer shelves and four back back panels similarly decorated within a bamboo frame. 47...
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20th Century Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

Materials

Faux Bamboo, Lacquer

English Aesthetic Ebonized Wood and Brass Wall Cabinet
Located in New Orleans, LA
English Aesthetic Ebonized Wood and Brass Wall Cabinet, c. 1880, the finialed back splash with a relief brass floral plate, over a double door cupboard with brass floral relief panels, above a shaped shelf on a finialed bottom. Wonderful to place in your bathroom as a beautiful centerpiece as well as for storage of small items or in your living room, bedroom, keeping room or even your study. Anywhere you choose to place this unusual cabinet...
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1880s English Antique Aesthetic Movement Cabinets

Materials

Brass

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19th Century English Victorian Aesthetic Bamboo Side Cabinet
Located in Forney, TX
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Solid Oak Two-Drawer Locking Filing Cabinet
Located in Germantown, MD
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Located in Lejre, DK
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Early 20th Century Mahogany Stacking Barrister Bookcase
Located in Port Jervis, NY
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Aesthetic Movement Bamboo and Lacquer Etagere
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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Located in New York, NY
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Located in Petworth, GB
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Located in Port Jervis, NY
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Located in Laguna Beach, CA
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Located in New Orleans, LA
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Pair of French 19th Century Side Tables or Bedside Cabinets
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A pair of French 19th Century side tables or bedside cabinets This is a superb quality pair of French 19th Century marble t...
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E. Murio Rattan & Lacquer Bookcase Display Cabinet
Located in Harlingen, TX
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Located in Dayton, OH
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Located in Kenilworth, IL
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Located in Milford, NH
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Aesthetic Movement cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Aesthetic Movement cabinets for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage cabinets created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets, folk art, wall decorations and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, walnut and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Aesthetic Movement cabinets made in a specific country, there are Europe, United Kingdom, and England pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original cabinets, popular names associated with this style include Bruce James Talbert, Collinson & Lock, Edwards and Roberts, and Heywood Brothers & Co.. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for cabinets differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $37,500 while the average work can sell for $5,400.

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