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Willy Rizzo Burled Buffet
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Austin, TX
Willy Rizzo burled buffet with burled ash veneer and brass accents. This piece features three drawers and three doors opening to glass and wood shelving and a bar compartment. The ba...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Buffets

Materials

Brass

  • Willy Rizzo Burled Buffet
  • Willy Rizzo Burled Buffet
  • Willy Rizzo Burled Buffet
  • Willy Rizzo Burled Buffet
H 30 in. W 69.5 in. D 18.75 in.
Bond Burled Wood Credenza
By Jonathan Adler
Located in New York, NY
Timelessly Chic. Pieced, burled mappa between Lucite legs with stainless steel accents. Pieced veneer cabinet faces showcase naturally occurring patterns in the wood, and an adjustab...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Acrylic, Wood, Burl

  • Bond Burled Wood Credenza
  • Bond Burled Wood Credenza
  • Bond Burled Wood Credenza
  • Bond Burled Wood Credenza
H 29 in. W 64 in. D 18 in.
Thomasville Burled Wood Cabinet
By Thomasville
Located in Pasadena, TX
A burled wood cabinet from Thomasville. This piece has two cabinet doors, metal pulls, a gorgeous burled exterior, one cabinet is shelved and the other open. Two nook spaces and thre...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

  • Thomasville Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Thomasville Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Thomasville Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Thomasville Burled Wood Cabinet
H 79 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Mastercraft Burled Wood Credenza
By Mastercraft
Located in Stamford, CT
Fine quality Hollywood Regency style Bernhard Rohne for Mastercraft brass and burled wood credenza. Three cabinet pieces on a single plinth base. Beautiful finished back. Total of 11...
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Vintage 1970s Credenzas

Materials

Burl

  • Mastercraft Burled Wood Credenza
  • Mastercraft Burled Wood Credenza
  • Mastercraft Burled Wood Credenza
  • Mastercraft Burled Wood Credenza
H 33 in. W 96 in. D 18 in.
French Buffet in Burled Elm
Located in Woodbury, CT
The rich patina of the burled elm and the fine carving combine to form a buffet of stunning appearance and demeanor. Aside from the overall attractive appearance, what sets this buff...
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Antique 19th Century French Buffets

Materials

Elm, Burl

  • French Buffet in Burled Elm
  • French Buffet in Burled Elm
  • French Buffet in Burled Elm
  • French Buffet in Burled Elm
H 40.25 in. W 56 in. D 24.5 in.
Burled Walnut Sideboard, circa 1900
Located in Evergreen, CO
Made of beautiful walnut and burled walnut veneers with a well figured, unique grain, this sideboard features a serpentine front; two center columns of three drawers, flanked by curv...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

  • Burled Walnut Sideboard, circa 1900
  • Burled Walnut Sideboard, circa 1900
  • Burled Walnut Sideboard, circa 1900
  • Burled Walnut Sideboard, circa 1900
H 39 in. W 82.5 in. D 23.75 in.
Eppinger Burled Wood Executive Credenza
By Eppinger Furniture Inc.
Located in Pasadena, TX
Jim and his brother Bob Eppinger started a manufacturing company, Eppinger Furniture, Inc., manufacturing custom quality furniture for Fortune 500 companies’ executive offices and co...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Burl

Dutch Rococo Burled Walnut Cabinet
Located in Dallas, TX
Dutch Rococo style burled walnut cabinet.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Dutch Rococo Cabinets

  • Dutch Rococo Burled Walnut Cabinet
  • Dutch Rococo Burled Walnut Cabinet
  • Dutch Rococo Burled Walnut Cabinet
  • Dutch Rococo Burled Walnut Cabinet
H 87 in. W 64 in. D 17 in.
Henredon Burled Olive Wood Executive Desk
By Henredon
Located in Austin, TX
Gorgeous Henredon scene two burled olive wood executive desk. The body of the desk is veneered in burled olive wood with contrasting rosewood veneer accents along the base. The drawe...
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Antique 1890s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Rosewood, Burl

Antique English Fine Burled Walnut Sideboard
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English fine burled walnut sideboard.   
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Sideboards

Materials

Walnut, Burl

Burled Wood Sideboard by Milo Baughman
By Milo Baughman
Located in Stamford, CT
A four door midentury burled wood sideboard on chrome base by Milo Baughman.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Wood

  • Burled Wood Sideboard by Milo Baughman
  • Burled Wood Sideboard by Milo Baughman
  • Burled Wood Sideboard by Milo Baughman
  • Burled Wood Sideboard by Milo Baughman
H 34.5 in. W 72 in. D 18 in.
George III Burled Leather Top Desk
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A finely crafted shaped banded burled desk with drawers on both the front and back. The top has bookmatched burled panels on the sides flanking a tan tooled leather center. The side ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Desks

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

  • George III Burled Leather Top Desk
  • George III Burled Leather Top Desk
  • George III Burled Leather Top Desk
  • George III Burled Leather Top Desk
H 29.5 in. W 63 in. D 29.5 in.
Exotic Burled Multi Purpose Wall Unit
Located in Pasadena, TX
A mid century modern wall unit executed in an exotic burled veneer. A multi-use piece containing a desk, fitted flatware drawers, and extensive shelved storage both open and conceal...
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Vintage 1960s Bookcases

Materials

Wood

  • Exotic Burled Multi Purpose Wall Unit
  • Exotic Burled Multi Purpose Wall Unit
  • Exotic Burled Multi Purpose Wall Unit
  • Exotic Burled Multi Purpose Wall Unit
H 83 in. W 92.25 in. D 17.5 in.
Pace Collection Burled Wood and Chrome Credenza
By Pace Collection
Located in Norwalk, CT
Pace Collection burled wood and chrome credenza.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Chrome

Ward Bennett Burled Olive and Chrome Credenza
By Pace Collection
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional piece. Custom made, this item is finished on the front, back and one side as the other side was attached to a wall and this item was used as a room divider. The qualit...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Chrome

French Glazed Burled Walnut Cabinet with 2 Drawers
Located in Chicago, IL
French burled walnut glazed cabinet or bibliotheque with awesome carvings, 2 locking lower drawers, and black accents, too. This fine cabinet will definitely change a room with its e...
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Antique 19th Century French Victorian Cabinets

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Rosewood, Walnut

Biedermeier Burled Birch Bureau Cylindre Desk, Sweden
Located in Hollywood, FL
The upper section with three doors, above a roll top writing surface and three drawers below.
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Antique 19th Century Swedish Secretaires

Materials

Ebony

Queen Anne Burled Walnut Slant Front Desk
Located in Hudson, NY
This very fine and fully restored Queen Anne slant front desk was crafted in burled walnut on an oak carcass. This secondary wood choice was a typical selection in England as it was ...
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Antique 1720s British Queen Anne Desks

Materials

Brass

  • Queen Anne Burled Walnut Slant Front Desk
  • Queen Anne Burled Walnut Slant Front Desk
  • Queen Anne Burled Walnut Slant Front Desk
  • Queen Anne Burled Walnut Slant Front Desk
H 39 in. W 38.25 in. D 22 in.
Johan Tapp for Gump Burled Wood Cabinet
By Johan Tapp
Located in St. Louis, MO
Large wall cabinet, adjustable shelves for open areas and behind door center drawer is a desk with drawers, no shelf. Open areas are 20.5" x 20.5" x 15", storage behind doors are 20...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Burl

  • Johan Tapp for Gump Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Johan Tapp for Gump Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Johan Tapp for Gump Burled Wood Cabinet
  • Johan Tapp for Gump Burled Wood Cabinet
H 65.5 in. W 70.5 in. D 16 in.
Italian Burled Birch Sideboard, Pier Luigi Colli
By Pier Luigi Colli
Located in Hollywood, FL
The rectangular top with rounded edges above three central drawers with animal motif flanked by two doors, the legs reeded and tapering with similar animal motif.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Sideboards

Dutch Rococo Style Bombe Burled Walnut Secretaire
Located in Chicago, IL
Dutch Rococo style burled walnut bombe front secretaire with carved ball and claw feet. Three drawers with cast brass pulls and cast brass detailed key holes. Drop front top door ope...
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Vintage 1940s Dutch Rococo Revival Secretaires

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Brass

Baker Furniture Chippendale Style Burled Walnut Executive Desk
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in Milford, NH
A fine example of a Baker Furniture Chippendale style walnut executive desk with rectangular top with crossbanded veneer border, a single kneehole frieze drawer flanked by two fitted...
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Vintage 1980s American Chippendale Desks

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Walnut, Burl

Antique Burled Walnut "Mechanical" Davenport Desk, Circa 1885.
Located in New Orleans, LA
Exceptional antique burled walnut "Mechanical" davenport desk, Circa 1885.
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Antique 1880s English Desks

Materials

Walnut

Fine Dutch Baroque Double Domed Burled Walnut Cabinet
Located in Antwerp, BE
A very fine and rare burr walnut and walnut double domed cupboard; Holland, circa 1700. Resting on bracket feet, the base has two large drawers a pair of half - width drawers, protr...
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Antique Early 18th Century Dutch Baroque Cabinets

Materials

Brass

19th Century Authentic Biedermeier Burled Maple Cabinet
By Biedermeier
Located in East Hampton, NY
Fine 19th century piece crafted of burled maple with ebonized columns, circa 1870. High gloss French Polished finish. All original. This piece has 4 drawers with bone inlay keyholes ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Austrian Biedermeier Cabinets

Materials

Bone, Burl

Trio of Mastercraft Burled and Walnut Colonnade Cabinets
By Mastercraft
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of three colonnade front cabinets by Mastercraft. Early pieces with the embroidered label. Burled walnut colonnade detailed doors open to reveal a large open cabinet space. Brass...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Romweber Burled Walnut and Brass Campaign-Modern Credenza
By Romweber Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Romweber Furniture dark finished burled walnut floating credenza or sideboard. Heavy brass double pedestal base, radiused front with flat back. Brass welting to the lower front ...
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Vintage 1970s American Credenzas

Materials

Brass

French 19th Century Burled-Elmwood Biedermeier Buffet
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
This commanding burl-elmwood buffet, made in the Biedermeier style, is from 19th century France. This large case piece has been finished in exceptional burled-elmwood veneer that is ...
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Antique 19th Century French Biedermeier Buffets

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Hardwood, Elm, Burl

Art Deco French Burled Inlaid Dresser or Bureau
Located in Westport, CT
Elegant ,French Art Deco burled dresser or bureau with inlaid birch wood, handmade , signed interior , illegible in pencil and number branded, with off-white resin feet in creme lacq...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Dressers

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Burl, Walnut

Louis XVI Period Burled Ash Double Corps Buffet
Located in Austin, TX
A French ash Louis XVI period double corps buffet from the Bresse region, north east of Lyon. This piece features four doors with fluting details on the “dormants”, three dovetailed ...
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Antique 1750s French Louis XVI Cabinets

Materials

Brass

American Eastlake Walnut, Burled Walnut Buffet, circa 1900
Located in Evergreen, CO
Mirrored burled walnut panels adorn this handsome American buffet in the Eastlake Victorian style. Two drawers, one compartmentalized, and a lower cabinet with one shelf, offer stor...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Eastlake Buffets

Materials

Marble

Elegant Burled Amboyna and Brass Sideboard by Mastercraft
By Mastercraft
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant and substantial cabinet by Mastercraft. The four frame and panel doors open to reveal a two section storage area. One side has four drawers with a silverware drawer. The othe...
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Vintage 1960s American Sideboards

Materials

Brass

Burled Wood Tall Dresser Cabinet Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Gorgeous burled wood and chocolate lacquered tall dresser. The sides have a shiny chocolate lacquer in very nice vintage condition. The lovely burled wood doors with brass recessed p...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Louis XV Burled Ash & Fruitwood Vaisellier, Bresse, c. 1750
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Louis XV Period Vaisellier, constructed in Burled Ash and Fruitwood, and originating in Bresse, France. The Frame, composed by a three-door lower cupboard serving as a buffet,...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Sideboards

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Ash, Fruitwood, Burl

19th Century Classical Charles X Burled Mahogany Secretaire a Abattant
Located in Miami, FL
A dramatic Charles X fall front secretary in astounding burled mahogany veneer. The original fossilized marble top is supported by an elliptical molding. The main body contains one u...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Charles X Desks

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Mahogany

Antique English Burled Walnut Sheet Music Cabinet, Circa 1870
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English burled walnut sheet music cabinet, Circa 1870.
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Antique 19th Century English Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Early 19th Century French Provincial Burled Ash Buffet
Located in Middleburg, VA
Early 19th century French Provincial buffet. Made in the style of Louis XV. Constructed of highly figured Burled Ash with two drawers over two arched paneled doors over “Escargot fee...
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Antique Early 19th Century French French Provincial Buffets

Materials

Steel

Antique 18th Century Louis XV Burled Walnut Armoire
Located in Wichita, KS
An exceptional 18th century French period Louis XV armoire handcrafted of indigenous old growth walnut and burled walnut in the typical technique mastered by the skilled artisans of ...
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Antique Mid-18th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

French Art Deco Burled Walnut Armoire
Located in North York, ON
This French Art Deco style armoire is truly elegant. It is crafted out of burled walnut, houses three interior shelves for storage and sits atop four curved feet. It has a sloped top...
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Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Wardrobes and Armoires

Materials

Brass

  • French Art Deco Burled Walnut Armoire
  • French Art Deco Burled Walnut Armoire
  • French Art Deco Burled Walnut Armoire
  • French Art Deco Burled Walnut Armoire
H 60.5 in. W 62 in. D 19.25 in.
German Buffet Deux Corps in Burled Walnut, circa 1770
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Buffet deux corps dating from the late 1700s, with a beautiful veneer of burled Walnut covering its streamlined form. The body, capped by an arched molded cornice, is composed of t...
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Antique 18th Century German Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Baker Furniture Chippendale Burled Walnut Lowboy Dresser or Server
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Chippendale style lowboy dresser, sideboard buffet, or server By Baker Furniture USA, circa 1980s Burled walnut, with carved solid walnut legs and original brass ...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Dressers

Materials

Brass

German Oak Desk with Burled Walnut Accents, circa 1930
Located in Evergreen, CO
Beautiful from every angle, this German desk showcases a rectangular top over a single drawer flanked by two pedestals. The top features a beveled edge and leather writing surface at...
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Mid-20th Century German Desks

Materials

Walnut, Oak

French Art Deco Burled Walnut Bar Cabinet, circa 1930s
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Art Deco burled walnut bar cabinet, sideboard, or bookcase, circa 1930s Measures: 89.5" W x 21" D x 61.13" H. Very good original vintage condition. ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Cabinets

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Glass, Walnut, Burl

18th Century George I Burled Walnut Double-Dome Cabinet
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a very mellow George i burled walnut cabinet. There is a double domed cornice with ogee moulding over conforming top with two deep beveled glass doors and canted corners also...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George I Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

English Victorian Davenport Desk in Burled Walnut, circa 1870
Located in Miami, FL
A handsome English Victorian Davenport desk in burled and solid walnut with beautiful inlays in ebonized wood, kingwood and tulipwood. Has original inset brown leather with gold tool...
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Antique Late 19th Century English Late Victorian Desks

Materials

Brass

Wonderful Mastercraft Burled Walnut and Brass Credenza Hollywood Regency
By Mastercraft
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Wonderful Mastercraft burled walnut and brass credenza. This piece screams quality and old world craftsmanship with bold brass pulls and oversized cylindrical legs. We love the dark ...
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Vintage 1970s American Hollywood Regency Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Gorgeous Milo Baughman Burled Wood Credenza Mid-century Modern
By Milo Baughman
Located in Pemberton, NJ
GORGEOUS MILO BAUGHMAN BURLED WOOD AND CHOCOLATE LACQUERED CREDENZA. THE TOP HAS A SHINEY CHOCOLATE LACQUER IN VERY NICE VINTAGE CONDITION. THE LOVELY BURLED WOOD DOORS WITH BRASS ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Stunning Brass Burled Mastercraft Credenza Buffet Mid-Century Modern
By Mastercraft
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Absolutely stunning Mastercraft burled and brass credenza buffet. This is one of those pieces that stops you in your tracks as you marvel the vintage beauty of this piece. We love th...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

19th century Victorian Burled Walnut Étagère with Mirror
Located in Savannah, GA
Highly ornate Victorian burled walnut étagère/hall stand composed of three tiers of open shelves on either side of a tall mirror. The base features three more shelves over five drawe...
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Antique Late 19th Century American High Victorian Shelves

Materials

Marble

French 19th Century Louis Philippe Burled Ash Buffet
Located in Woodbury, CT
The color and graining on this period Louis Philippe buffet is spectacular and the added detail in the recessed doors and beaded drawers makes it very special. Loaded with storage sp...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis Philippe Buffets

Materials

Brass

Burled Olive Wood Chrome Floating Credenza Mid-Century Modern
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome burled olivewood and ebonized lacquer floating credenza. There is a nice custom glass piece on the top and a beveled recessed hanging bar on the back to make installing easy...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Chrome

Multiple, Burled and Ebonized Original Hastings Art Deco Desk
By Hastings, Donald Deskey
Located in Dallas, TX
Likely Donald Deskey original design for Hastings. Similar in style to his original Widdicomb designs, but much less common. Walter Dorwin Teague also did some relatively similar des...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Desks

Thomasville Mid-Century Modern Burled Walnut Highboy Dresser, Newly Refinished
By Thomasville
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern six-drawer highboy dresser In the manner of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings "Colosseum Collection" By Thomasville USA, Circa 1950s Walnut case, w...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Walnut, Burl

French Louis XV Style Lingerie Chest 19th C., Burled Walnut
Located in Houston, TX
Lovely petite slender chest in burled walnut with multiple drawers for great storage. Gilt bronze mounts with sabots at the feet.
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Burled Walnut Lighted Adams Style China Cabinet with Removable Crest
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Mahogany. 4 glass doors on top containing 9 glass shelves. 4 doors on bottom containing one shelf. Metal hardware. Lighted. Carved. Measures: 92" H x 88 1/4" W x 22 1/2" D. Some chi...
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Vintage 1930s English Chippendale Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

Thomasville Mid-Century Modern Burled Walnut Dresser or Credenza, Refinished
By Thomasville, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern nine-drawer long dresser or credenza In the manner of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings "Colosseum Collection" By Thomasville USA, Circa 1950s Waln...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Walnut, Burl

Amazing Burled Amboyna Brass Three-Piece Mastercraft Credenza Buffet Chinoiserie
By Mastercraft
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Amazing burled amboyna and brass three-piece chinoiserie Mastercraft credenza buffet. Wow! is what you will say when you see this stunning three-piece cabinet set that sits on a remo...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Baker Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Burled Walnut Bar Cabinets, Pair
By Baker Furniture Company
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding pair of Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie buffet servers, compact credenzas, or bar cabinets By Baker Furniture USA, Circa 1960s Burled walnut,...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Burled Walnut Sideboard Credenza, Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By John Widdicomb USA, 1960s Gorgeous burled walnut, with original hardware and unique flared lags. ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Burl

Queen Anne Wine Cellaret Veneered in Burled Walnut
Located in New York, NY
A handsome Queen Anne cellaret of sculptural form, which can also serve as a side table. The lid opens, stands vertically, and gives access to an interior fitted with a brass tub for...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Queen Anne Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

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Burled Storage For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of burled storage you’re looking for. An item from our selection of burled storage — often made from wood, walnut and metal — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a choice in our collection of burled storage, we have 686 options in-stock, while there are 6 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect object in our assortment of burled storage — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right option in this array of burled storage, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Georgian styles are of considerable interest. Mastercraft, Henredon and Baker Furniture Company each produced at least one beautiful piece of burled storage that is worth considering.

How Much is a Burled Storage?

Prices for a piece of burled storage start at $750 and top out at $55,300 with the average selling for $5,182.

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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