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An étagère for candies
An étagère for decorative objects

An étagère or shelf is a French set of hanging or standing open shelves for the display of collections of objects or ornaments.[1][2]

The étagère became a popular form of furniture in the nineteenth century.[3] Similar to the what-not, the shelves of the étagère provided extra space for the display of the accumulation of knickknacks that was typical of Victorian home decor.[3]


  1. ^ Gilliatt, Mary (1 October 2012). Dictionary of Architecture and Interior Design. Pan. ISBN 978-1-74334-067-7.
  2. ^ Hinchman, Mark (2 January 2014). The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Interior Design. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-60901-534-3.
  3. ^ a b "Etagere | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". The Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 29 November 2016.

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