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 pair of fruitwood provincial bedside cabinets, 20th century, with mitre framed tops above two drawers with metal pull handles, chamfered corners, serpentine aprons and raised on curvaceous tapering legs. Height 66 cm. Width 61 cm. Depth 51 cm
A pair of Louis XV style oak bedside tables, early 20th century. the tables with plain timber tops to serpentine stepped edges above a single shallow drawer and an open compartment, fielded panels to the sides, a shaped apron, and raised on cabriole legs w
A pair of Victorian flame mahogany bedside cabinets, second half 19th century, the pillar style bedside cabinets, with four cockbeaded drawers each with pairs of timber knop pull handles, the top drawers with brass locks, raised on slightly extended plinth
A pair of Victorian bedside cabinets, second half 19th century, the slender pedestal form cabinets each having a thumbnail edge top above a single long cupboard door with curved edges and an arched fielded panel, opening to a bank of four drawers with roco
A pair of French mahogany and gilt bronze bedside cabinets, later 19th century, in the Louis XVI manner, the lunette shaped cabinets each having green and white flecked marble tops with fold down flaps, with three framed drawers with laurel wreath ring han
A pair of fruitwood bedside tables in the Louis XV manner, early 20th century, each with a small shaped gallery to a gently bowed front, three drawers with metal knob handles and pierced plates and raised on elegant slender cabriole legs. Height 73 cm. Wid
A pair of Louis XV style mahogany and burr walnut bedside cabinets, each with a serpentine shaped top with a burr walnut strung panel above a single drawer and a panelled cupboard, similarly embellished to the sides, with a shaped apron and raised on cabri
A pair of German exhibition walnut bedside tables, circa 1880, made by C. Prachtel, Berlin, Purveyor to the Empress, the marble topped tables each with a small panelled drawer above an open compartment and a lower cupboard also panelled and embellished wit
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