These étagères (open shelves) were created in France in the early 20th Century. The étagère is a type of furniture which is designed to display decorative items on, such as ceramic figurines, plates or vessels. Étagères first became fashionable in Europe in the late 18th Century.
The étagères are of matching design. Each item is composed of three rounded rectangular shelves which are fitted to a mahogany back. These backs are inset with mirrors, which will allow the items displayed on the shelves to be seen from all angles. The mahogany backs and shelves are reeded, as are the brass upright posts that support them. Each étagère stands on four feet, two of which are mahogany and two brass.