Learn about Sideboard

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...
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An early Victorian cedar/mahogany twin pedestal sideboard, circa 1840s, the breakfront sideboard in rich dark red to purple tones with a framed book end veneer serpentine back, a slightly extended stepped top above three reeded frieze drawers, two cupboard

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A Victorian cedar small sideboard with a frieze drawer above an enclosed cupboard with a pair of shield panel doors; later mahogany back. Width 106 cm

Late 19th century Australian cedar and flame mahogany three door chiffonier

Georgian style mahogany breakfast cabinet, top with drop sides, single drawer, two doors with brass grills, brass castors. Height 72 cm. Width 93 cm. And 57 cm. Depth 56 cm. Provenance: Ros Palmer Interiors, Woollahra. The Estate of a Lady, NSW

A Victorian mahogany sideboard, circa 1870, the scrolling splash back set central fleur de lis carving above an inverted breakfront base set with four drawers and four panelled doors all on a plinth base. Height 143 cm. Length 191 cm. Depth 63 cm

Victorian mahogany chiffonier, circa 1870, the foliate carved splash back above single shelf, supported by turned columns, the lower section set with double glazed doors with silk curtains to the rear, flanked by acanthus leaf-topped pillars standing on a

A mahogany four door sideboard, circa 1890, the base fitted with panelled doors supporting a three drawer top with a scrolling carved splash back. Height 138 cm. Width 166 cm. Depth 57 cm

A George III style mahogany cabinet on stand, late 19th or early 20th century, the cabinet with two carved doors opening to reveal an arrangement of drawers, above a carved frieze raised on claw and ball feet, probably retailed by Anthony Hordern of Sydney

Victorian mahogany sideboard with a tiered back, a long frieze drawer and a pair of arched panelled doors