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 George III mahogany night table, circa 1800. The shaped gallery top with pierced handles above a cupboard and pull out fitted commode contained within apron fronted drawer with original salt glaze lidded pot, on square legs, 59.5 cm width x 49.5 cm depth
A George III bedside cabinet/commode, the shaped upstand tray top with three open handles, fine geometric diamond inlaid Tunbridge Ware full front panel above two false drawers as a single slide. 51.5 cm x 45.5 cm x 72.5 cm
A pair of Harrods quality reproduction mahogany Georgian commode side cabinets, square form with shaped galleried tray tops, each with a single door set with faux antique leather book spines, raised on square section legs with an internal taper. 49 cm x 45
A Georgian period mahogany tray top bedside cabinet with a single cupboard door and four square section legs, chamfered on the inside, the shaped top with 'handle' on either side. 39 cm x 31 cm x 79 cm
A George III japanned night table, circa 1760, the square top above a pierced frieze and central shelf with drawer above a platform base, raised on square legs, 34 cm squ, 72 cm high. Provenance: John Williams Antiques, 10 March 1978
George III mahogany boxwood strung night stand, c.1790, fitted with a three quarter gallery, leading to a rectangular top and twin tambour slides and a single drawer below, all raised on square turned legs, width 58.5 cm, depth 45.5 cm, height 83 cm
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