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 French burr walnut veneer bedside table, circa 1925, with both Art Deco and Empire influences, and having a green marble top above a convex pediment, with an inlaid swag motif to the single door, and opening to a marble lined interior and a concealed dra
A pair of French oak Art Deco bedside cabinets, 1930s, of rectangular form with rounded edges, with two panelled doors opening to a blonde oak interior with a concealed drawer with parquetry ribbon inlay, and raised upon a recessed plinth base with wedge s
A French mahogany Art Deco bedside table, circa 1930s, a marble top above a single drawer with a metal rod handle, an open compartment and a porcelain lined cupboard, the edges curved and fluted and with floral carving in low relief, upon a plinth style ba
A pair of French Art Deco marble-topped walnut bedside cabinets, 1930s, bow-fronted, each with an inset pink-veined cream marble top above a pair of cabinet doors with relief-carved decorative details. Height 63 cm. Width 55 cm. Depth 38 cm
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