Learn about Bedside Cabinets

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.
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Huon pine four poster bed. Fine Australian huon & birdseye huon pine bed Tasmania c1860 shaped canopy with Curtain Rods above a pair of octagonal posts with Elaborately carved capitals ex the Dale Frank collection (Bonham roll) reference: Australian Furnit

A huon pine half tester bed, Australian, circa 1860, approx. 264 cm high, 205 cm wide, 163 cm deep

A huon pine cot, Tasmanian, circa 1840, 104 cm high, 121 cm wide, 76 cm wide. Literature: Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra p. 148 (illustrated)

A huon pine half-tester bed, Tasmanian, circa 1860, 229 cm high, 208 cm wide, 162 cm deep. Literature: Illustrated in Australian Furniture: Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press Ptd Ltd, Woollahra

A fine Australian birds-eye huon and huon pine four poster bed Tasmania, circa 1860, the curveto shaped canopy with curtain rods above octagonal posts with elaborately carved capitals and acanthus leaf carved bases over square lower sections, with a rectan

Colonial huon pine four poster bed, birdseye features on posts, pelmet and head board

A huon pine single farmhouse bed, circa 1860. Height 121 cm. Width 107 cm

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