There are several distinct types of sideboard. The Georgian sideboard was a long narrow table, fitted with cutlery drawers and cellaret cupboards, used as a serving table in dining rooms. Most examples are at least five feet long.
Although sideboards date from the mid-18th century, their development is usually associated with the designs of Sheraton. Sideboards may be straight fronted, curved at either end, or sometimes have a recessed breakfront. The latter was partly to lighten the effect of a large piece of furniture and partly, writes Sheraton, 'to secure the butler from the jostles of the other servants'.
The central portion of the sideboard, beneath the long drawer, was usually arched with semicircular lunettes, either carved or often strung. The legs were sometimes turned, but more generally were tapered, often standing on spade or block feet. Georgian sideboards always have six legs one at each corner, one on either side of the central recess. Four legged sideboards were not introduced until the second decade of the 19th century. more...Sideboards were usually made of well-figured mahogany or, in Australia, cedar or beefwood veneer, though very few colonial examples appear to have survived. They were sometimes cross banded, strung and inlaid with decorative panels of contrasting timber.
Another type of sideboard appeared in the late 19th century, based more or less on the Renaissance revival forms associated with designers Talbert and Eastlake. It consisted of a two-door cupboard, usually panelled and carved, with a mirrored back, containing shelves and a hutched or overhanging cornice, supported by turned or carved columns.
There are many variants, but the lines and angles were much squarer, handles were often of pressed metal alloy, and by the time the sideboard reached its full Edwardian flowering, it often boasted broken or swan-neck pediments, reeded and fluted decorations, and shallow machine-made carvings of shells, rosettes and other foliage.
The style continued to be made in mahogany, oak, maple, pine or cedar until after the first world war. During the 1920s, and under the influence of the modern movement, furniture forms became much simpler and less cluttered, taking on the characteristics pioneered by the Arts and Crafts designers a third of a century before. It should always be remembered that it may take a generation before an original design, breaking with tradition, becomes fully established in popular taste.
From around 1900 the size of sideboards began to decrease, in order to fit the smaller dining rooms of the day, although this example would still require a substantial room to display it properly.
William IV mahogany double pedestal sideboard, c. 1830, the triangular shaped back with moulded scrolling ends, above an inverted breakfront top, a long central beaded drawer flanked by two arch panelled cupboard doors with dummy drawers to the top, raised
A William IV mahogany servery table, circa 1820s, of fine restrained form with generous pedestals with canted tops above cellaret cupboards flanked by tapering columns, the concave central servery section with a low squared back and two frieze drawers, dec
A good twin pedestal William IV mahogany sideboard, circa 1830s, having an arched back with relief carved volutes and a squared mid section above a breakfront top with a central drawer and two side drawers, the supporting pedestals with striking convex pan
A William IV mahogany chiffonier, circa 1830-40s, with an elegant triangular pediment with a papyrus embellishment above a shelf with foliate supports, a convex frieze drawer, above two panelled doors with pilasters and raised on a plinth base. Height 133.
An early 1900s N.Z. folk art carved cupboard, the small kauri cupboard with the door heavily carved in an Australian theme featuring a kangaroo, kookaburra, an aboriginal figure, lizard, emu etc. and a shield quoting “The Black Forest Australia”. Three she
A William IV mahogany two door chiffonier c.1835. The lower cupboard has two side pillars, carved corbels and panelled doors. The cabinet has an upper single shelf with gothic style gallery surround, supported by two turned spindle columns. Height 125 cm.
A William & Mary period walnut and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest, English, late 17th century, the moulded cornice above a pair of cupboard doors with scrolling arabesque panels within a double feather banded border, enclosing an arrangement of drawers
Rare West Australian jarrah Arts & Crafts cabinet c.1906-1907 carved by Henrietta May Strickland (1891-1961), (Etta). (in the English arts and crafts school style, having mythical dragons and various arts and crafts style motifs. Height 149 cm. Width 85 cm
A gentleman's cabinet by New Zealand colonial master craftsman William Seuffert, a superb and beautifully inlaid cabinet of five drawers inlaid with New Zealand exotic timbers, the main body kauri, the top in Totara and base in Puriri, the interior fitted
A William IV mahogany twin pedestal sideboard, inverse breakfront panelled doors with reeded columns, the upstand back with foliate carved decoration and three frieze drawers. Height 126 cm. Width 183 cm. Depth 62 cm
A rosewood William IV sideboard, circa 1830's, the upper section with mirrored back and shelf supported by carved scrolling sides with carved splash back, the break front body fitted with two short drawers and one long above four panelled doors surmounted
A Victorian rosewood William IV open shelved sideboard, circa 1840, the long narrow breakfront sideboard with mirror back and shelf on featured ornate 'S' shape scrolled motifs and below three open leather trimmed shelved compartment on a plain plinth base
A good early 20th century Arts & Crafts period walnut cabinet, designed by Ernest William Gimson (1864-1919) the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing a void interior and a pair of panelled doors enclosing drawers above five drawers
Mottled kauri chiffonier c.1875 Found in an early Mt Wellington, Auckland house, this attractive transitional style chiffonier utilizes the bun feet, well-proportioned turnings and shield patterned doors of an earlier period, while also incorporating nicke
A William IV flame mahogany pedestal sideboard, circa 1835, the central panelled back flanked by scrolling vines issuing grapes above an inverted breakfront top above an acanthus leaf edge and three frieze drawer, raised on conforming pedestals, one enclos
A large William IV mahogany pedestal sideboard, circa 1840, with a carved serpentine shaped back with a floriate crest over a rectangular top with a continuous carved block and dart edge over two lockable cabinets both with carved panels and flanked by col
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