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Antique Display Cabinet - Some Information on Styles For Collectors

If you're shopping in the UK for an antique display cabinet, a knowledge of historic furniture styles can be very helpful. In this article, we'll present an overview of a few styles of 17th antique display cabinets that will help you make an informed purchasing decision.

The Tudor Period - Elizabeth I to James I (1558-1603) 
Oak was a preferred material in this period and had a significant influence on the Tudor style. Since only the finest pieces were carved or inlaid, an Elizabethan style room display cabinet can display either the simple designs used by the lower classes or the ornate designs used by nobility. For an authentic look, the furniture display cabinet should be made of or veneered with oak and finished to emphasize the wood's natural golden tone.

The Jacobean Period - James I to Cromwell (1603-1649) 
The Cromwellian Period - Oliver and Richard Cromwell (1649-1660) 
Craftsmen began to use walnut, but since it is not a durable as oak, there are few surviving examples. The bulbous turnings often found on Tudor furniture legs were replaced with a simpler, cleaner line. Since inlay also was popular, look for historically accurate decorative inlay in mother-of-pearl, bone or ivory on an antique oak display cabinet period piece.

The Carolean Period - Charles II to Flight of James II (1660-1689) 
As England emerged from the bleak and cheerless Cromwellian period, furniture styles reflected the exuberance of the time. Walnut dominates this luxurious and extravagant style. For a home display cabinet to be true to this style, it should contain floral motifs or other naturalistic elements like carved birds or leaves.

William and Mary (1689-1702) 
This period is characterized by European influence. The Dutch influence so pervaded English furniture making that even now it is difficult to distinguish the furniture from these periods and maple and fruitwoods came into extensive use. For a curio display cabinet to be true to the style, it must be functional as well as decorative and embellished with cast brass hardware.

For UK collectors in search of antique display cabinet, the 17th century style remains popular a popular choice due to the extensive variety found within this rather brief historical epoch.

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