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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