Sideboards have been an item of furniture in the home for hundreds of years, so there is an extensive variety of styles and looks to choose from. An antique sideboard, also known as a buffet, was usually placed against a wall in a dining room, typically waist high, it was generally used to store glasses, china and cutlery. An antique sideboard offers an attractive solution if you struggle with space in the kitchen or a unique piece just placed in the home to provide added storage.
Before fitted kitchens came into existence sideboards were very popular. In the 16th C they came into existence across Europe, previous to sideboards, narrow tables and shelves sufficed as food preparation areas or for food storage. By the end of the 18th C sideboards were a common feature in dining rooms across Britain and seen as fashionable, they increased in popularity as houses had one room solely for the purposes of dining. Earlier sideboards were merely two pedestal cupboards at either side of the side table, some of the early sideboards also contained a compartment for a china potty, should gentlemen wish to relieve themselves throughout the meal.
There are a wide array of antique sideboards to choose from oak was generally the most popular wood used, but there are also mahogany sideboards and pine sideboards. Generally sideboards are made from hardwoods so there may be a veneer over the pine, it is worthy to note that sideboards with a veneer are more difficult to repair should repairs be needed.
18th C sideboards often have curved tops with thin legs and their side storage compartments may be bigger than their central storage area. Victorian sideboards sometimes have mirrors behind the sideboard surface, and may have carvings, generally of animals or other mythical creatures. Victorian sideboards tend to be large and heavy with a good deal of storage space, design styles from this period include neo-classical, rococo and gothic- these antique sideboards may also be an based on a combination of these styles.
Other notable styles include Chinese sideboards, which were popular during the Victorian period and some of the 20thC, these sideboards often had simple lines, with iron or bronze statement latches and hinges and tended to have a black or red gloss finish.
A rustic simple oak or pine sideboard has both elements of practicality and charm, whilst an Arts and Crafts design sideboard is very simple yet elegant and functional. For a more elaborate look an Art Deco sideboard is more modern with highly decorative veneers; they are a distinct style. Another decorative sideboard is the William IV chiffonier, which also often has intricate carvings.
Notable sideboards makers include Thomas Chippendale, sideboards were one of his first designs, over time it became more and more functional with built in compartments. Sheraton also designed some lovely sideboards with serpentine fronts and elegant knife boxes. Hepplewhite’s sideboard is also a very sought after piece, elegant with graceful curves and slim-line legs, it is a nice example of a Georgian sideboard.
When determining the age of the antique sideboard there are a few distinctive features to look out for, pre 19th C sideboard hinges tend to be bulkier, sideboards with screws will have been made after the late 1700’s as screws were not used previous to this. Antique sideboards were not usually built to a standard size so it is a consideration when purchasing this attractive piece of furniture for ones home.
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Outstanding quality oak arts & crafts sideboard,with two unusual leaded glazed doors,large bevel edge mirror to the centre,the base with a lovely oak top,three frieze drawers with original copper handles,two ...
Here we have an Antique Victorian Mahogany buffet - server cabinet
· Shaped rear upright decorated with carved shield
· Top tier having moulded and rounded edging
· Supported by decoratively pierced scrolls ...
Here we have a Victorian pine sideboard - tv cabinet
· Pine plank top
· Single cupboard door flanked by 6 drawers
· Tongue and groove back
This is a fine quality English mahogany pedestal sideboard comprising of 3 parts which fit together with dowel and screw.carved and decorated with applied swags and florals in the 'Adams ...
This is a rare barrel back Regency mahogany sideboard. Probably Irish. A genuine 19th Century mahogany sideboard with a most unusual feature of it having its original barrel back. Presumably ...
This is a 19th Century antique mahogany two tier buffet by Gillows of Lancaster.
The buffet has two tiers each made from a single piece of mahogany, the lower shelf has ...
Very fine quality and elegant Regency rosewood and brass inlaid slim chiffonier. There is a 3/4 pierced gallery top to the shelf, below, the up stand with floral brass inlay ...
A truly exceptional exhibition quality French ebonised and marquetry inlaid side cabinet attributed to Joseph Cremer. The floral marquetry on this cabinet is of outstanding quality. The panels are made ...
This is an outstanding quality 19th Century antique mahogany sideboard with a lovely carved shaped back, two drawers to the frieze, supported by two pedestals with lovely flame mahogany doors, ...
A very good William 4th mahogany breakfront sideboard of small proportions, two drawers in one side, four in the other and single shelf to the middle, original locks and keys, ...
A very attractive solid oak dresser base from the late 19th century and still retaining it's original brass handles. Of a simple dog kennel design, but with crisply carved panels ...
Antique Mahogany Twin Pedestal Sideboard. Victorian mahogany large twin pedestal sideboard, large mirror back with carved pediment & scrolled supports, pair of panelled doors with single central frieze drawer.
This is a 19th Century Victorian antique ebony and walnut credenza in showroom condition. A really stunning piece of furniture, with beautiful walnut marquetry inlaid centre panel and glazed bow ...
This is a superb quality burr walnut buffet. Fantastic quality burr walnut, consisting of 2 drawers, shelves and a mirror. The quality of the legs, handles, supports, columns is amazing.
This is a French 19th Century antique chestnut server of lovely colour and original brassware. Reduced in depth.
All of the items that we advertise for sale have been as accurately ...
This is a very good five drawer solid oak dresser base with plank potboard base, brass handles. excellent colour and condition.
You are free to view this item at our showroom ...
Fine quality Regency mahogany cabinet / cupboard with original hand made brass wire grilles with pleated gold/yellow silk behind. Original turned and reeded squat feet at the front, turned, plain ...
Offered for sale is this 19th Century Regency antique mahogany chiffonier, raised back with single shelf on brass supports with pair of panelled doors flanked by scrolled acanthus leaf carved ...
Arts & Crafts oak sideboard. Early 20th Century oak sideboard with mirror back, pair of Dutch influenced copper plaques with windmills and birds, pair of short drawers over pair of ...
Antique Victorian Ebonised Credenza. Victorian ebonised sideboard, inlaid central panelled door flanked by a pair of dome shaped glazed doors, ormolu mounts on turned feet.
This is an elegant 18th Century George III antique oak dresser base of superb colour with later brasses.
All of the items that we advertise for sale have been as accurately ...
This wonderful quality burr walnut shaped side / drinks cabinet / sideboard / cupboard has a lovely burr figured walnut top with carved edge. Under having two centre doors flanked ...
A lovely Welsh Oak Dresser Base. This base, has a 5 small drawers and 6 larger drawers. Ideal for all of your cutlery and storage requirements.
This is a Georgian antique mahogany serving sideboard by Gillows of Lancaster.
The sideboard has a figured mahogany top with a gallery to the back and sides, the gallery has a ...
Mahogany sideboard with Regency Influences. Standing on dquare tapered legs with spade feet. The central drawer is flanked by cupboards. Both the drawer and cupboards having mahogany crossbanding and brass ...
This is a Victorian antique waxed pine sideboard / chiffonier, with central cupboard and supported on bun shaped feet.
Super looking solid piece of furniture, it has has a new back ...
A Victorian breakfront ebonised credenza with foliate inlaid frieze flanked by glazed doors. A really attractive nicely proportioned practical piece of furniture which has had many nice details - stringing ...
This is an antique dresser base from the early 18th century. An English, oak sideboard. Solidly constructed in oak with desirable colour and patina. Displaying wisps of medullary rays in ...
This is an unusual and neatly proportioned late Georgian period cabinet in solid mahogany. The cabinet has a very useful arrangement of adjustable shelves on one side and good quality ...
For sale is this Edwardian antique mahogany chiffonier which is in nice condition with gallery back with single drawer and cupboard below enclosing single shelf. It comes with key.
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