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 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 Victorian walnut bedside cabinet, 19th century, of simple rectangular form with curved edges, a raised shaped low back and a single arch panelled door over a plinth base. Height 81 cm. Width 38.5 cm. Depth 35 cm
A Victorian oak bedside cabinet, in quarter-cut oak crossbanded to the top, panelled to the door with flamed veneered timber framed by a reed of Tunbridge ribbon inlay and with further figured timber inlays to the canted corners and plinth base. 40 cm x 35
A Victorian walnut bedside cabinet, 19th century, in rich tones with good figuration, having a stepped extended top with rounded corners above a single panelled door with moulded framing and decorative cross banding, a turned knob handle and raised on a co
A pair of Victorian burr walnut bedside cabinets, 19th century, the cabinets with bullnose edging above three identical drawers each with beaded brass oval plates supporting 'C' scroll handles, simple and refined rounded moulding to the edges and upon a co
A pair of quality Victorian plain mahogany tall bedside cabinets, each with four graduated drawers, two turned mahogany handles to each, moulded detail to the top and plinth base, good patina. 45 cm x 53 cm x 86.5 cm
A Victorian mahogany bedside table, circa 1880, the moulded rectangular top above two drawers, each with turned handles and supported on ring turned tapering legs. Height 74 cm. Width 50 cm. Depth 37 cm
A pair of Victorian burr walnut bedside chests, the rectangular top with a carved moulded edge above five graduated drawers, raised on a plinth base with egg and dart decoration, 43 cm wide, 52 cm deep, 86 cm high (2)
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