Georgian China Cabinet with Marquetry
Display cabinets or china cabinets add both aesthetic appeal and function to a dining room. What could be better than to display your favorite china inside a beautiful cabinet, to be appreciated daily and used as necessary?
I created this 3D model of a solid oak, Georgian, serpentine-fronted buffet with hutch inspired by a design from Thomas Shearer’s The Cabinet-Maker’s London Book of Prices (published 1788).
The upper section was adopted from an early 19th-century Dutch cabinet crowned by a moulded and shaped cornice. The carving of the apron and maple floral marquetry decorates the drawers in typical Dutch style. This piece has the symmetry of late 18th-century marquetry.
An imposing display cabinet will enhance a dining or living room. I designed a virtual, Neoclassical and Victorian-inspired dining room. Here are a pair of the above cabinets (with a darker stain) in context.
Limestone brick make up the focus wall that houses the beautiful antique display cabinets and valuable Meissen plates. Close-up views of parts of the cabinet:
The cabinet is approximately 227cm tall and 110cm wide.
The Beauty of China Cabinets
Here are a two beautiful rooms that feature display cabinets or buffets with hutch.
This room was designed by Brownhouse Design. The warm, squash-colored walls with a glazed, faux finish are perfect for a leisurely dinner or an autumnal dinner party. The yellows work very well with the darker tones of the furniture, including a beautiful china cabinet. A luxurious yet warm and inviting room.
This elegant, Neoclassical dining room was designed by Veranda Homes. Hardwood flooring in black walnut with a natural finish complement the dark, antique china cabinet. The cabinet is obviously an heirloom piece that the owners treasure, as they chose to use it even after the remodel.
That’s what I find truly beautiful about a great piece of furniture: the owners use it for a long time, or pass it on to others. It is definitely not a throw-away, wasteful object. What could be more ecological than that?
Get the Look
I found some gorgeous china cabinets and wanted to share them with you.
Here is the Remington Buffet and Hutch by Acme.
This traditional buffet and hutch is crafted from hardwoods, and comes with a rich brown, cherry veneer. It has ball-and-claw feet.
The hutch has two shelves for displaying your favorite crystal. It has glass doors and sides, a mirrored back, and canned lighting to best showcase your treasures.
The base includes four storage doors and three drawers for storing utensils and other tableware.
Gorgeous carved details and wood patterns make this piece a beauty to behold everyday.
Next we have the Hooker North Hampton Bonnet Display Cabinet.
This beautiful, hand-painted display cabinet features rich traditional styling that will be right at home in the dining room, living room, foyer, or hall. Made of hardwood solids and maple veneers, it has a black finish with gold accents, gesso-effect and rub-through. It has a gently curved bonnet top with large molding and a richly carved fan detail. Two shaped wood-framed seeded glass doors have four adjustable shelves behind. There are lights inside to showcase your favorite crystal. Two drawers at the bottom provide storage. The planked back panel comes in a cherry finish.
Finally, we have a true antique, the 19th Century Dutch Marquetry China Cabinet. It is circa 1870 and made of mahogany, walnut and satinwood. This Dutch floral marquetry china display cabinet is fitted with a pair of glazed paneled doors above a pair of solid paneled doors. It sits on raised bun feet. Head over to 1stdibs to ooh-and-aah over the gorgeous marquetry details.
Alcott’s Little Women: The Laurence Dining Room – details on my 3D visualization of the fictional family’s dining room.
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