Cupboards made for the corners of a room were fitted with solid or glass doors. Corner cupboards were known in the first half of the 17th Century and is proved by a reference in Charles I inventory to “one little three cornered cupboard”, but they do not appear to have become general until the reign of William And Mary. At that time they were introduced as receptacles for china, particularly for the highly prized tea services used for the hostess’s weekly receptions for tea and cards. In the early 18th Century corner and alcove cupboards frequently formed part of the deal panelling of rooms. By about 1750 glazed china cabinets were becoming plentiful and consequently corner cupboards with the exception of one particular type ceased to be fashionable. In the second half of the 18th Century corner cupboards were mainly confined to cottages and farmhouses, thus remaining almost unaffected by the development of successive fashions.
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