Cupboards

Originally boards or open structures of shelves on which cups, especially silver, might be placed for storage or display. Beginning in the 15th century, doors were added. Today a generic term for a closet or a cabinet enclosed by doors, often placed in a corner of a room or a recess in the wall, with shelves for keeping cups, dishes, provisions, books, or valuables.

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cupboards
cupboard
cup-boards
wandkasten Dutch
wandkast Dutch
aparadors Spanish
aparadores Spanish
aparador Spanish

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Originally boards or open structures of shelves on which cups, especially silver, might be placed for storage or display. Beginning in the 15th century, doors were added. Today a generic term for a closet or a cabinet enclosed by doors, often placed in a corner of a room or a recess in the wall, with shelves for keeping cups, dishes, provisions, books, or valuables.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300039183. The J. Paul Getty Trust.