Cabinets and Chests

Charlie selects cabinets for their quality as well as their decorative attributes. By and large cabinets were for display or storage or both. Craftsmen saw cabinets as pieces of show furniture which would be highly decorative and ornate, often disguising their true usefulness. For this reason cabinetmaking is the pinnacle of the furniture maker's craft. Display pieces like the Meiji pagoda with four glazed doors in a revolving upper section would have been made for an exhibition. Cabinets in our stock include French ormolu mounted and mirrored display cabinets, bijouterie tables, collectors cabinets with a multitude of small drawers and cupboards, library cabinets with long thin drawers for documents and side cabinets for storage in halls and passageways as well as dining rooms and drawing rooms.

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