Small cupboards, usually square or rectangular though sometimes round, designed to stand one on either side of a bed. They have been made since the 18th century, but true pairs are very difficult to find. In a genuine pair, the doors should be hinged on different sides, so that the cupboard opened away from the bedside. Small chests of drawers were also made as bedside pieces. Pairs of French bedside cupboards are much more common than English or Australian pairs, which even when part of a bedroom suite, were only made as singles. Most Victorian or Edwardian pairs of bedside cupboards that come on to the market, have been made up from the pedestals of pedestal dressing tables of the period, but due to demand the fact that they are not original does not diminish their value.
A fine mahogany and marble Louis XVI bedside table, later 19th century, the oval table with a mottled beige inset marble top, a small single drawer with a recessed panel above a conforming white porcelain lined cupboard, and raised upon long slender and ta
A small mahogany bedside table of kidney shape with single drawer, French Louis XV style with banded inlay and four tall cabriole legs, the white marble top with gilt metal gallery. Requires polishing. 52 cm x 33 cm x 74 cm
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