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.
A Victorian flame mahogany sideboard, 19th century, the sideboard with a shaped arching back with applied carved grape and vegetal forms and a decorative crest, three pulvinated drawers, one partitioned and felt lined for cutlery, with four panelled cupboa
Victorian mahogany serpentine front sideboard. Mirror backed carved backboard. Long drawer to top over two pedestals with doors opening to fitted drawers. Two central doors opening to shelved cupboard. Keys available. Height 152 cm width 168 cm Depth 58 cm
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An antique mahogany tambour front humidor cabinet, circa 1900. the upright cabinet with a roll up front revealing five shallow drawers with fitted shelving to house cigars above a lower drawer with two compartments. Height 26.5 cm. Width 28.5 cm. Depth 21.
A Regency flame mahogany bow front sideboard, the shaped top with conforming drawers to the base configured with two central flanked by two bow front drawers, flame mahogany panels, turned bun form handles, plain vertical panels between, raised on six turn
A William IV flame mahogany sideboard base, the rectangular top with thumb moulded edge, the two panelled doors each with wide banding enclosing the central flamed panels, fine carved details to the corners, flanked by tall column type panels with acanthus
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A late George III ebony-inlaid mahogany sideboard, early 19th century, the central section with drawer flanked by a pair of high pedestals, each with a drawer above a cabinet, the right-hand drawer fitted as a cellaret, raised on low turned feet, the front
A Victorian mahogany chiffonier, second half 19th century, the chiffonier having an arched back with carved scroll and acanthus decoration above a serpentine top with a frieze drawer with internal partitions, two cupboards with fielded panels flanked by co
A large Victorian mahogany sideboard, second half 19th century, the sideboard with a rectangular mirror having a carved and pierced crest with side embellishments above a breakfront extended section, with a panelled frieze drawer with two arch panelled cup
A fine George II fret carved mahogany bureau cabinet, circa 1760, in the Chippendale Gothic style with dentilled cornice above a fretwork border with glazed doors with gothic tracery flanked by cluster columns fitted with two glass shelves, the panelled sl
A Victorian tabernacle style flame mahogany sideboard, mid 19th century, the sideboard with a distinctive extended top with a low triangular back with restrained framed panel embellishments above a breakfront servery with a pulvinated frieze and a single d
A Georgian mahogany bow front sideboard, circa 1825, the sideboard with an extended top above three drawers, an arched key hole section to the centre flanked by two side cupboards, all with pressed circular brass backplates and ring handles, raised on tape
A George III mahogany bow front sideboard, circa 1,800, in warm honey tones and having a fine patina, with a pair of cockbeaded drawers flanked by cellarettes with flame mahogany facades and raised on ring turned legs, with neoclassical garland ring handle
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 Danish Biedermeier mahogany cabinet and mirror, 19th century, of elegant and restrained form the cabinet with an extended top with a cross banded border and chamfered ebonised edges above a frieze drawer and a cupboard with striking book end veneer panel
A small Regency mahogany chiffonier, early 19th century, in rich deep tones, having a triangular pediment flanked by two pierced and carved brass pheasant embellishments, a full width shelf supported by tapering and turned columns, a full width drawer with
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