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Antique Display Cabinet
Located in Lymington, Hampshire
Napoleon III antique display cabinet. This beautiful breakfront kingwood display cabinet has a central wide door flanked by two glazed panels enclosing a mirrored interior. It is su...
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Antique 19th Century English Cabinets

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Bronze

  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
  • Antique Display Cabinet
H 61 in. W 57 in. D 15.5 in.
19th Century English Mahogany Carved Antique Vitrine or Display Cabinet
Located in Bosco Marengo, IT
Antique English Vitrine 1880s in mahogany wood. Important mahogany wood carving with decorations moved. Perfect for displaying your collection of small precious objects. Finely chise...
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Antique 1880s English Vitrines

Materials

Wood

Monumental Vintage French Distressed Painted Wood Display Case
Located in Bridgeport, CT
In a pale yellow distressed paint, the interior painted blue-gray. A carved cavetto cornice over double glazed doors on top, opening to four shelves. The separate lower cabinet doors...
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20th Century French French Provincial Cupboards

Materials

Wood

Palace Display Case in Mahogany Wood
By Boca Do Lobo
Located in New York, NY
History and heritage may not be the first things that spring to mind when you think of the modern world of Boca do Lobo, although, Palace display case evokes the classic epoch of the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Palace Display Case in Mahogany Wood
  • Palace Display Case in Mahogany Wood
  • Palace Display Case in Mahogany Wood
  • Palace Display Case in Mahogany Wood
H 88.59 in. W 53.94 in. D 24.02 in.
Palatino Display Case
By Boca Do Lobo
Located in New York, NY
Palatino is one of the most ancient parts of the city, where Rome has its origins. Palatino is an exclusive and magical display case that compliments both traditional and modern home...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Modern Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Palatino Display Case
  • Palatino Display Case
  • Palatino Display Case
  • Palatino Display Case
H 77.17 in. W 27.56 in. D 27.56 in.
21st Century Augustus Display Case Wanult Wood
Located in RIO TINTO, PT
Augustus showcase is named after Augustus Pugin, an English architect, who is mostly known for being a pioneer in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Pugin was given an archite...
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21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Cabinets

Materials

Walnut

  • 21st Century Augustus Display Case Wanult Wood
  • 21st Century Augustus Display Case Wanult Wood
  • 21st Century Augustus Display Case Wanult Wood
  • 21st Century Augustus Display Case Wanult Wood
H 78.75 in. W 23.63 in. D 17.72 in.
Antique Giltwood Display Case
Located in San Francisco, CA
Old display case made from 19th century water gilt frames. Has glass sides, one shelf, and mirror detail at the top. It is electrified with one bulb. This case was most likely made i...
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Antique 19th Century American Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Wood

  • Antique Giltwood Display Case
  • Antique Giltwood Display Case
  • Antique Giltwood Display Case
  • Antique Giltwood Display Case
H 42 in. W 29 in. D 21.5 in.
Rolling Bar Cart/ Display Case
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
#8-330, Italian gilded octagonal shape-wood rolling displayed case having brass handle and a galley lower shelf. It opens from front, beveled glass top and inserts.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Rolling Bar Cart/ Display Case
  • Rolling Bar Cart/ Display Case
  • Rolling Bar Cart/ Display Case
  • Rolling Bar Cart/ Display Case
H 30 in. W 40 in. D 19 in.
Faux Painted Display Case/Cabinet
Located in Wilson, NC
Faux painted display case/cabinet is faux painted on all four sides to simulate red, green, and gold marble. It has the original wavy glass front panel and a door that opens on the b...
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Antique 1870s English Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Wood, Paint

  • Faux Painted Display Case/Cabinet
  • Faux Painted Display Case/Cabinet
  • Faux Painted Display Case/Cabinet
  • Faux Painted Display Case/Cabinet
H 66.5 in. W 24 in. D 20 in.
French Glass Door Display Case
Located in Wilson, NC
This display case has an ogee shaped Carrera marble top framed by gold molding. The frieze has two recessed panels with incised gold stylized arabesques. The front stiles have two su...
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Vintage 1910s French Vitrines

Materials

Marble, Gold, Brass

  • French Glass Door Display Case
  • French Glass Door Display Case
  • French Glass Door Display Case
  • French Glass Door Display Case
H 51.25 in. W 32.25 in. D 16 in.
Art Deco Display Case, 1930s
Located in Greding, DE
Art Deco display case on a veneered base with one folding door and a springbok ornament. The vitrine is nickel-plated, has two glass shelves and has the door opening at the side. The...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Vitrines

Materials

Nickel

  • Art Deco Display Case, 1930s
  • Art Deco Display Case, 1930s
  • Art Deco Display Case, 1930s
  • Art Deco Display Case, 1930s
H 65.36 in. W 34.26 in. D 17.52 in.
English Painted Satinwood Display Case
Located in Wilson, NC
English painted satinwood display case is painted with floral leaf and ribbon motifs.  
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Vintage 1910s English Bookcases

Materials

Brass

  • English Painted Satinwood Display Case
  • English Painted Satinwood Display Case
  • English Painted Satinwood Display Case
  • English Painted Satinwood Display Case
H 65 in. W 31.5 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Contemporary Illuminated Display Cases in Lacquered Wood, Acerbis
By Acerbis
Located in Marseille, FR
Pair of illuminated display cases in white lacquered wood shelves in sanded glass on the front and on each side interior lighting Acerbis collection ref: New concept of dimension hei...
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Early 2000s Italian Shelves

Materials

Fruitwood

Art Deco Display Case, France, 1920s
Located in Greding, DE
French Art Deco display case with glazed door and grey and white marble top as finish. The back wall and the bottom are mirrored.
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Vitrines

Materials

Wood

  • Art Deco Display Case, France, 1920s
  • Art Deco Display Case, France, 1920s
  • Art Deco Display Case, France, 1920s
  • Art Deco Display Case, France, 1920s
H 63 in. W 35.44 in. D 18.12 in.
Montre / Display Case Table, France, 1900
Located in Copenhagen K, DK
Elegant vintage French display furniture, a montre from a museum in the south of France, circa 1900. The display case designed as a table, made of black painted wood (painted at a la...
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Early 20th Century French Cabinets

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Glass, Mirror, Wood

  • Montre / Display Case Table, France, 1900
  • Montre / Display Case Table, France, 1900
  • Montre / Display Case Table, France, 1900
  • Montre / Display Case Table, France, 1900
H 31.89 in. W 66.93 in. D 20.87 in.
American Folk Art Display Case Cabinet
Located in San Francisco, CA
Charming mid-late 19th century painted Folk Art display case or cabinet. Having glass panels on sides and glass front door. American, mid-19th century.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Vitrines

Materials

Wood, Glass

  • American Folk Art Display Case Cabinet
  • American Folk Art Display Case Cabinet
  • American Folk Art Display Case Cabinet
  • American Folk Art Display Case Cabinet
H 42.5 in. W 28 in. D 17.75 in.
Modern Zebra Wood Chrome Glass Jewelry Closet Display Counter Case with Drawer
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Modern zebra wood chrome glass jewelry closet display counter case with drawer. Item features chrome base, glass top, display surface, beautiful wood grain, no key, but unlocked, 1 d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Zebra Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Wood and Glass Showcase Display Cabinet, Storage Case
Located in Miami, FL
Six feet tall and four-level glass shelves Mid-Century Modern showcase made in Italy. Wooden base and tall glass and chrome column display or storage case. The door is at the side ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

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Chrome

Pair of Wood Displays
Located in Milan, IT
Beautiful pair of wood displays designed for an exhibition curated by Ugo La Pietra. Custom designed for an exhibition held in Milan in 2010 these pieces come with plexiglas top. F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Vitrines

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood

  • Pair of Wood Displays
  • Pair of Wood Displays
  • Pair of Wood Displays
  • Pair of Wood Displays
H 43.31 in. W 17.72 in. D 17.72 in.
American Table Top Display Case or Vitrine
Located in Austin, TX
A fine American table top display case or showcase fixture (vitrine) featuring a curved glass front and glass sides, framed in wood, with mirrored interior back that opens to a felt ...
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Early 20th Century American Vitrines

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Metal

  • American Table Top Display Case or Vitrine
  • American Table Top Display Case or Vitrine
  • American Table Top Display Case or Vitrine
  • American Table Top Display Case or Vitrine
H 13.5 in. W 25.25 in. D 24.25 in.
Stunning French Art Deco Bronze, Glass, Marble Carved Wood Vitrine-Display Case
By Louis Comfort Tiffany
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early 20th century French Art Deco Vitrine. Display cabinet, salvaged from super high end jewelry or gift gallery in New York City. Superior quality and construction. Tiffany quality...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Vitrines

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Breccia Marble, Bronze

Display Case by Donald Lloyd Mckinley, Canada, 1965
Located in Berlin, DE
Unique sculptural display case in oak from 1965 by craftsmen Donald Lloyd Mckinley (signed). Glass dome is missing (needs a rear window from a 1954s Plymouth).
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Vintage 1960s Canadian American Craftsman Vitrines

Materials

Wood, Oak

  • Display Case by Donald Lloyd Mckinley, Canada, 1965
  • Display Case by Donald Lloyd Mckinley, Canada, 1965
  • Display Case by Donald Lloyd Mckinley, Canada, 1965
  • Display Case by Donald Lloyd Mckinley, Canada, 1965
H 47.25 in. W 58.67 in. D 20.87 in.
Elusive Parker Pen Display Case, Art Deco Font
By Parker
Located in Buffalo, NY
One of the rarer versions of a classic Parker pen store fixture, features original lacquered pierced wood top with parker logo, back-lite, two sliding glass doors, adjustable angled ...
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Cabinets

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Aluminum

Art Deco Display Case With Gold Leaf Finish
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This impressive Art Deco style contemporary display case features unique sculpted construction with carved floral details throughout. Unique gold leaf finish is accentuated by silver...
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Late 20th Century Organic Modern Shelves

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Glass, Wood

  • Art Deco Display Case With Gold Leaf Finish
  • Art Deco Display Case With Gold Leaf Finish
  • Art Deco Display Case With Gold Leaf Finish
  • Art Deco Display Case With Gold Leaf Finish
H 80.5 in. W 84 in. D 19.25 in.
Art Deco Display Case, Jules Leleu style, France, 1940s
By Jules Leleu
Located in Greding, DE
Single door glazed display case with brass star-shaped appliques and slightly trapezoidal body. The pilasters are fluted and slightly shouldered.
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Vitrines

Materials

Wood

Italian 1960s Free Standing Wood Display
By Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milan, IT
Wood vitrine with two doors and sturdy metal base. The piece comes from a commercial area on a Carlo Scarpa building.
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Vintage 1960s Italian Vitrines

Materials

Iron

  • Italian 1960s Free Standing Wood Display
  • Italian 1960s Free Standing Wood Display
  • Italian 1960s Free Standing Wood Display
  • Italian 1960s Free Standing Wood Display
H 36.62 in. W 28.75 in. D 29.53 in.
Wood Glass Display Case
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a rectangular wood display box featuring a tulip shaped stained glass in the front lid. Below the lid there is a small storage drawer. The open space behind the lid serve to ...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Art Nouveau Decorative Boxes

Materials

Wood

  • Wood Glass Display Case
  • Wood Glass Display Case
  • Wood Glass Display Case
  • Wood Glass Display Case
H 18.25 in. W 10 in. D 9.50 in.
Vintage Curved Brass Edged Table Pastry Vitrine Display Case
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Late 19th century American tabletop vitrine with two door access and option for lightning.
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Antique Late 19th Century American Industrial Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Large Late Victorian Shop Display Case, Museum, Collector’s Cabinet
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large late Victorian shop display case, museum, collector’s cabinet. Please note that one of the sliding doors is missing.
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Early 20th Century English Late Victorian Vitrines

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Glass, Wood

Danish Blue And White Painted Rococo Vitrine Display Case
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Danish blue and white painted Rococo vitrine display case.
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Antique Late 18th Century Danish Rococo Vitrines

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Wood

Display Case in the Style of Bruno Paul, German, 1920s
By Bruno Paul
Located in Greding, DE
Large display case in the style of Bruno Paul, Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Dresden. The two-door base is closed by a narrow profiled strip above which rises the large display case...
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Vintage 1920s German Art Deco Vitrines

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Wood

Massive and Notable Industrial Era Antique Shop Counter/ Display Case
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A massive and rare industrial era shop counter/ display cabinet with fine craftsmanship, great solidity and great detail. Constructed of wood with metal overlays. The oak top with in...
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Early 20th Century Industrial Vitrines

Materials

Metal

Rare Display Case by Jindrich Halabala for Up Zavody, 1940s
By Jindrich Halabala
Located in Praha, CZ
Sideboard designed by Halabala was produced by UP Zavody only for two years (1946-1947) Extremely successful timeless piece of design. Rounded edges along the sides of the sideboard...
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Vintage 1940s Czech Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Wood, Maple

19th Century Antique Gothic Style Painted Saint Display Case
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large scale gothic style 19th c. escaparate, saint display case with original grey/green paint. Great architectural elements. Would have housed a patron saint in a home or church.
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Antique 19th Century Guatemalan Gothic Revival Vitrines

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Wood

Unique 19th Century English Jeweler's Work Desk and Display Case
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique 19th century English jeweler’s work desk and display case on stretcher base, great for displaying and storing collectibles. It has 8 locking drawers and a sliding tray. This d...
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Antique 1880s English Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Wooden and Gilded Bronze Display Case by G. Grohé, France, Circa 1860
By Guillaume Grohe
Located in PARIS, FR
This veneered wood display case, stamped Grohé, is highlighted by brass lines and gilded bronze ornaments. The interior is covered with a striped yellow satin fabric which contrasts ...
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Antique 1860s French Vitrines

Materials

Bronze, Brass

Pair of Custom Blue and Grey Industrial Postmodern Cabinets / Display Cases
By Knoll, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of custom blue and silver grey industrial postmodern cabinets/ display cases. Each piece features four divided compartments in the center with three square pull out drawers on e...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Post-Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Tortoise Shell Vitrine / Display Case, circa 1880
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century French tortoise shell vitrine / display case / medicine cabinet, circa 1880. Glass door is clear, Interior is painted black.
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Antique 1880s French Vitrines

Materials

Tortoise Shell, Glass, Wood

China Fine Burl Wood Desk And Display Table
Located in Shelburne, VT
An extraordinary example of a burlwood natural organic wood desk or display table crafted from a rare golden camphor wood root and burl. Would make a spectacular accent for home, o...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Organic Material, Wood

Italian Wood Glass Midcentury Modern Display Cabinet, 1950s
Located in Modena, IT
Amazing and fabulous Italian display cabinet or buffets or room separator with sliding glass doors with brass circular section adjustable uprights fixed to the floor and ceiling, the...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

Art Deco Mid Century Wood Carved Display China Cabinet
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Monumental mid-century china cabinet. Beautiful ornately carved detail surrounds the front glass doors. Top hutch features interior lights and glass shelves for display. Lower crede...
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Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Charak Hand-Carved Mahogany Wood Display Cabinet
Located in Hudson, NY
Charak hand-carved two-piece mahogany display cabinet with intricate design details. The piece is in great vintage condition, this cabinet was made in 1931 and it's numbered 6. Minor...
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Mid-20th Century American Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany

Chin Hua Collection China Display Cabinet or Book Case by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous china cabinet, display cabinet or bookcase from the Chin Hua collection by Century Furniture, circa 1970. This great cabinet is lighted and in wonderful vintage condition. S...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Finest Handcrafted Lacquered Interlocking Wood Panels Display Cabinet, Cabinet A
By Vermeil, Luis Pons
Located in Miami, FL
Handcrafted two side display cabinet in wood lacquered. A cabinet of curiosities that invites the viewer to engage with the objects within. The lacquer color highlights the simplicit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Rosewood

20th Century Inlaid Wood French Display Cabinet, 1960
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
French showcase from 20th century. Inlaid cabinet in rosewood and fruitwood richly decorated with gilded and chiseled bronze and brass. Display cabinet with one door fitted with glas...
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Mid-20th Century French Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Style China Display Cabinet, White Case and Teak
By Bartels
Located in Topeka, KS
Awesome china or display cabinet in a Mid-Century Modern and/or Scandinavian Modern style with a creamy white painted case on a plinth base and teak and glass doors. This piece is in...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Wood, Teak

Paul Evans Mid Century Burl Wood Floating Display Cabinet
By Paul Evans
Located in La Grange, IL
Paul Evans Mid Century burl wood floating display cabinet. Measures: 24.5 wide x 13.75 deep x 48.25 high. Veneer Loss. All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call Restored ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Islamic Indonesian Djati Wood Display Cabinet, circa 1917
Located in Amsterdam, NL
An Indonesian Djati display cabinet Chinese furniture-makers working in Batavia, late 18th century, dated 1799 Measures: H. 201.5 x W. 120 x D. 53.5 cm In the middle of the ...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Dutch Colonial Cabinets

Materials

Teak

Display Cabinet
By Modenese Gastone
Located in Milan, IT
A striking design, this exceptional display cabinet revisits a traditional silhouette with creative, contemporary flair. The tall silhouette of this one-door glass and wood display i...
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2010s Italian Vitrines

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
H 78.75 in. W 30.71 in. D 19.3 in.
Large French Carved and Painted Wood Display and Storage Cabinet
Located in Atlanta, GA
A large French carved and painted wood display and storage cabinet from the mid-20th century. This vintage French buffet à deux-corps (which is the name for a French buffet consistin...
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Mid-20th Century French Cabinets

Materials

Metal, Wire

19th Century French Wood Carved Display Cabinet
Located in Houston, TX
French display cabinet with carvings of love birds. It has three glass shelves that have been added as well, as mirrored back and mirror on the bottom. The shelves are adjustable....
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Antique Late 19th Century French Vitrines

French 1940s Iron Display Unit with Four Painted Wood Shelves
Located in Santa Monica, CA
French 1940s Iron Display Unit with Four Painted Wood Shelves
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Mid-20th Century French Shelves

Materials

Iron

Display Cabinet
By Cipriani Homood
Located in Milan, IT
Inspired by the traditional china cabinets, this sophisticated display cabinet features a rectangular frame of forest eucalyptus veneer raised on four tapered legs with a black finis...
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2010s Italian Cabinets

Materials

Metal

  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
  • Display Cabinet
H 74.81 in. W 35.44 in. D 17.72 in.
Vintage Burled Walnut Wood and Brass Vitrine or Display Cabinets
By Henredon
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Campaign style display cabinets. The cabinets feature two beveled glass doors which open to an interior with a mirrored back. There are four thick glass shelves in each and o...
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Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

Materials

Brass

French Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Ebonized Wood Display Cabinet
Located in London, GB
French neoclassical style gilt bronze mounted ebonized wood display cabinet French, late 19th century Measures: Height 164cm, width 122cm, depth 40cm This fine display cabinet, attr...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Vitrines

Materials

Marble, Ormolu, Bronze

Finest Handcrafted Interlocking Wood Panels Cabinet with Display Box
By Luis Pons
Located in Miami, FL
Handcrafted cabinet in natural wood. The lacquer color highlights the simplicity of the interlocking panels design. The modular quality of the collection allow each cabinet to be com...
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2010s American Other Cabinets

Materials

Walnut, Plywood

Solid Pine Wood Display Cabinet Sideboard, Mid-19th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
A Belgian mid-19th century, red painted store display cabinet. A large and imposing antique Canadian pine display cabinet vitrine, woodcarving in abstract guirlande motif and four c...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Belgian Late Victorian Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Pine

La Permanente Mobili Cantù Container Display Cabinet Brass Wood, 1950, Italy
By La Permanente Mobili Cantù
Located in Milano, IT
La Permanente Mobili Cantù container display cabinet brass wood, 1950, Italy.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Other Credenzas

Materials

Wood

Vintage Pair Solid Mahogany Wood Display Etageres / Shelves .
Located in Hudson, NY
Vintage pair solid mahogany wood display shelves / etageres with lower bottom drawer. Both pieces are in excellent vintage condition. Minor wear consistent with age / use . Each etag...
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Vintage 1930s European Apothecary Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany

Arts & Crafts Adirondack Small Wood Tree Branch Rustic Bookcase Display Shelf
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arts & Crafts Adirondack small wooden tree branch Rustic bookcase display shelf. Item features nice small size, beautiful wood grain, distressed finish, nicely carved details, great ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Arts and Crafts Shelves

Materials

Wood

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Wood Display Case For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic wood display case available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of wood, glass and metal, every wood display case was constructed with great care. Find 613 options for an antique or vintage wood display case now, or shop our selection of 37 modern versions for a more contemporary example of this long-cherished piece. There are many kinds of the wood display case you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. When you’re browsing for the right wood display case, those designed in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one wood display case that is appealing in its simplicity, but Henredon, Mastercraft and Erbanisteria Roberto Gambella produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Wood Display Case?

The average selling price for a wood display case at 1stDibs is $4,199, while they’re typically $199 on the low end and $248,030 for the highest priced.

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.