China cabinets have actually been around since the 17th century but went out of style with the decline of formal dining rooms and the rise of the in-built, modular kitchens. Of course, it’s not a social imperative to showcase one’s prized glassware and porcelain china behind glass doors anymore too! But everything old is new sometimes, and this grandparents-home furniture staple is having something of a moment. This is evident by the many options for an antique china cabinet, oak and otherwise, we saw on Etsy. They’re just used slightly differently these days, appearing in newer, more modishly decorative contexts.
Since we wanted to add a sense of history to our dining room, we looked through many antique china cabinet styles, which worked beautifully. Check out this useful, detailed guide.
Art of Furniture UK 1950s Dutch Provincial Oak Cabinet
We begin with what Etsy categorizes as a rare find, which is this gorgeous Art of Furniture UK 1950s Dutch Provincial Oak Cabinet. This beautiful piece of handmade furniture is very heavy and solid. It dates back to the middle of the 20th century and is originally from the Netherlands, touching antiquity. What’s more, it offers lots of storage besides being an incredible statement piece, with two central glass cupboards that open onto one large central cabinet space. Plus, the shelf running along the length is even removable.
If that wasn’t enough, there are even two spacious side cabinets and four small bottom drawers. What we loved was that every cupboard and drawer had a carved wood door panel! Wrapping things up are the original brass key and the elegant and tall out-swept legs.
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- It’s a handmade piece from the 1950s.
- It has tons of storage space, besides being a stunning antique.
- Since it’s a pre-owned item, it adds personality and character to the item.
- It’s expensive.
Sugarcreek Antiques Serpent Heads Curved Glass Oak China Cabinet
Imagine having a piece of furniture that dates back to the 1900s! Behold the Sugarcreek Antiques Serpent Heads Curved Glass Oak China Cabinet, which is a rare antique Victorian Horner-style display cabinet. It features sturdy claw feet and two open-mouth serpent heads and is made from quarter-sawn oak. While the front door and the sides have the original curved glass, the front and rear both boast large claw feet. Plus, the full-length front columns have two serpent heads atop them, with the entire piece featuring an original dark finish. The best bit? The cabinet still has the original working lock and the key!
- The cabinet has four inner shelves, of which one has been replaced.
- It’s a very solid, original piece.
- There’s no shipment cost.
- The shipping times are very long, besides the piece being extremely expensive.
Streets Of London Antique Mirror-Back Sideboard
The Streets Of London Antique Mirror-Back Sideboard is a gorgeous antique China cabinet sideboard that dates back to the 1900s! Designed in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, this large sideboard boasts two extremely ornate and beveled mirrors at the back. A large display shelf with a magnificent carved crown at the top separates them. Moreover, the paw foot-carved and turned columns support the shelf. In fact, the cabinet boasts ample storage with a large double-door cupboard and five different-sized drawers. Moreover, both have ornate polished brass handles with the original locks. So, if you’re looking for an antique that’s both functional and makes a big impact, then this impressive sideboard is perfect.
- The piece stands on old wheels/casters, and even the top mirror comes off, making it easy to transport.
- It’s an antique piece from the 1900s.
- It’s been professionally re-finished and restored around 20 years ago.
- It’s extremely expensive.
My Eclectic HeartAZ Antique Buffet
We were looking for an antique dining buffet when we stumbled upon the My Eclectic HeartAZ Antique Buffet. This exquisite work of art brought modern creativity and timeless elegance to our room decor. The unique white, light blue-gray and deep blue palette of the sideboard drew us to it. But what sets this buffet apart is the copper and gold accents, delicately woven through the details and contours. It’s when they catch the light that the piece looks completely transformed, making it look opulent. Three drawers in the center and two shelves to the side complete the storage aspect of this piece.
- The surfaces of the piece have been treated carefully.
- It’s not just a functional buffet but a captivating work of art.
- It’s handmade.
- It has long shipping times and is very expensive.
Streets Of London Antique Oak Bow Glass Cabinet
There’s yet another Streets of London product on this list. This time, it’s the Streets Of London Antique Oak Bow Glass Cabinet. The gorgeous oak cabinet is a wonderful piece of American country furniture that we loved making part of our decor. For one, it boasted a bow/curved glass door and sides and dates back to the turn of the 20th century. What’s more, the cabinet has the original ornate brass handle and lock, complete with the functioning key! We loved that there’s storage space, too, especially three interior wooden shelves with the stunning, gorgeous original mercury mirror on the top shelf accenting them. Rounding things up is the base, which features slender legs on carved paw front feet.
- The hutch has developed a wonderful, rustic golden oak patina.
- It’s charming and authentic.
- The original elements work in great condition.
- This is one of Etsy’s rare finds.
- While it’s strong and sturdy, it’s better off anchored to the wall since it’s so slim.
Chase Vintage Antique Oak French Hutch/Library Cabinet
Sitting at the top of the list is this Chase Vintage Antique Oak French Hutch/Library Cabinet from the early 1930s. Approaching antiquity, this French hutch/library cabinet comes from a small hotel in Provence, where it sat in their library/sitting room. This stunning, majestic piece of furniture is so versatile that it became a focal point even in our house’s modern setting, blending contemporary chic with its old-world charm effortlessly. Aside from the lovely French patina, we loved the original hardware, drawers, and cupboards, and the style. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind piece in a perfect size.
“We couldn’t believe how well his antique hutch became a part of our home’s decor!”Dizzzi
- This antique hutch has a wonderful history.
- It blended very well with our modern furniture.
- It boasts a lovely French patina.
- It’s very expensive.
How To Choose The Best Antique Oak Cabinets from Etsy?
- Step-back: These are one of the commonest styles of china cabinets from the 1800s/early 1900s. It’s basically an enclosed cupboard with a slightly shallower glass cabinet at the top. Moreover, the top and bottom sections may/may not have space.
- Breakfront: These involve the center section projecting out on both sides, with the deeper middle having one/two doors.
- Hutch-style: These have separate top and bottom sections, with the space between serving as a display/counter.
- Corner: These are triangular styled and designed to be placed in the dining room corner, allowing it to sit snugly.
- Curved-glass: These have glass panels curving into the room and are also called bow-front cabinets.
- Oak: This is the commonest kind of wood used in china cabinets, with a prominent grain.
- Mahogany: Mahogany is often reddish and warm-toned and has a close, smooth grain.
- Maple: This lighter-toned wood has a figured grain sometimes.
- Cherry: This is a warmer wood with a close grain.
- Walnut: This is darker-toned wood with a close grain.
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How much is my antique china cabinet worth?
Most step-back/breakfront china cabinets and hutches could sell in the range of 500-2,500 USD, depending on their age and condition. Vintage ones sell for much less.
How can I tell if my china cabinet is an antique?
There are many factors, such as the design, wear marks, stains and paintings, tags, and even imperfections, which increase the value of the cabinet.
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