Learn about Buffet

As an English or Australian made item, it is a term applied to 20th century dining room sideboard or side table, usually with shelves for dishes and plates, enclosed by cupboards. It generally has a mirrored back, cutlery drawers, and stands on turned or cabriole legs. See also court cupboard for the 17th century version. As a French made item, the term is applied to a simply made cupboard, most commonly made in the 19th century, usually without a back, with two drawers to the upper section and two cupboards below. See also buffet deux corps.

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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A small two tone oak Louis XIV style buffet, early to mid 20th century, the shaped top with a channel and bullnose edge above a single drawer and an open compartment above a large and small cupboard with blonde oak panels, a shaped apron and raised on shor

Antique French Renaissance style carved oak deep end enfilade buffet approx 99 cm high, 224 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A fruitwood buffet with two drawers and two doors, French, 18th century, 107 cm high, 120 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A three drawer chestnut buffet with original hardware and working lock, French, 18th century, 102 cm high, 168 cm wide, 68 cm deep

A French Henri II style oak buffet with lead light doors featuring enamelled birds, circa: 1880, with key, 145 x 59 x 213 cm

French Empire style enfilade buffet, approx. 101 cm high, 210 cm wide, 55 cm deep

French Louis XV two height glazed door oak buffet, four door base, approx 243 cm high, 172 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Antique French Renaissance revival carved walnut buffet, top door panels carved in relief with classical figures, approx 172 cm high, 160 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Large French marble topped four door buffet, fitted with brass mounts, approx 106 cm high, 240 cm long, 46 cm deep

A late 19th century French buffet with four drawers and two doors to base with ormolu applied decoration. Height 105 cm, width 200 cm, depth 65 cm

Antique French carved walnut Renaissance style two height buffet, approx 250 cm high, 140 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Antique French Henri II carved walnut Renaissance style buffet, approx 270 cm high, 150 cm wide, 62 cm deep

Antique early 18th century French buffet, with open top, inlaid with bird decoration to the doors, Loir valley France, approx 202 cm high, 149 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Impressive Antique French carved walnut Renaissance two height buffet, approx 270 cm high, 180 cm wide, 54.5 cm deep

Antique French Henri II Renaissance style carved oak buffet, approx 258 cm high, 150 cm wide, 51 cm deep

French Henri II style walnut buffet, approx. 220 cm high, 155 cm long, 57 cm wide

A fine French Louis XV style double height walnut buffet, 19th century, with an arched pediment and a pierced rococo crest, above shaped doors with astragal glazing with curvaceous supports to a cabinet with two oak lined drawers and cupboards with shaped

French house keepers buffet, fitted with a central comtoise clock

Antique French Oak 'Saint Hubert' buffet, fitted with open carved tiered back,approx 200 cm high, 150 cm wide, 54 cm deep

Impressive antique French walnut Henri II hunting buffet, carved in high relief with a central hunting scene, and various other designs, of breakfront shape, approx 240 cm high, 180 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Antique French Henri II two height buffet, approx 273 cm high, 128 cm long, 47 cm wide

Antique French Brittany hunting buffet, approx 273 cm high, 160 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Antique French Louis XV style two height buffet, approx 255 cm high, 133 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Impressive antique French carved walnut Louis XV style two height buffet, approx 263 cm high, 156 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A French provincial fruitwood buffet, late 18th century. 96 cm high, 134 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A Louis XIV/XV French provincial oak buffet / sideboard, 18th century. the top inlaid with pale ash stringing applied decorative panels to either end. 110 cm high, 171 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Impressive French Louis XV style breakfront marble topped four door buffet, approx 103 cm high, 220 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Antique French carved oak Normandy two height buffet, approx 253 cm high, 142 cm wide, 59 cm deep

Impressive French Louis XV style breakfront marble topped four door buffet, approx 103 cm high, 220 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A French rosewood Art Deco buffet, circa 1930, the buffet with a black and white striated marble top, and a stepped cornice above a curved front, a pair of doors and two small drawers with large circular chrome knobs and a central glazed door above a shape

Most impressive antique French four door enfilade buffet, carved figural supports in the form of male and female terms with hoof feet, approx 100 cm high, 240 cm wide, 69 cm deep

Antique French Renaissance style two height buffet, approx 240 cm high, 150 cm wide, 55 cm deep

A French Louis XV style buffet, with a marble top above a frieze drawer and a pair of doors with neo classical ormolu decoration, on tapering legs with ormolu sabots. 143 cm high, 111 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Vintage French Louis XV style buffet enfilade, approx 160 cm high, 200 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Impressive French Louis XVI style marble topped two height buffet, approx 227 cm high, 164 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Antique French Louis XV style rustic two door buffet, approx 110 cm high, 140 cm wide, 61 cm deep

A French oak marble top buffet, 19th century, having a rectangular rouge royale marble top, below which there are two small drawers and two paneled doors, opening to reveal an interior shelf, supported on a plinth base, 88 cm high, 150 cm wide, 55 cm deep

Antique French Henri II walnut buffet, approx 241 cm high, 150 cm wide, 57 cm deep

Antique French Henri II two height buffet, approx 250 cm high, 140 cm wide, 50 cm deep

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