An early 19th century innovation, chiffoniers continued to be made virtually until the end of the Victorian period. It usually consists of a two-door cupboard, with a long cutlery drawer and a shaped back, with one or two shelves, supported by spindles for ornaments and such like. Regency chiffoniers were quite small and delicate, with the doors often decorated with pleated silk behind brass grilles. The backs were usually square, sometimes with a triangular pediment, although from the 1820s they often featured the carved Regency scroll. Many Australian cedar versions have simple Doric columns and recessed panelled doors. Victorian chiffoniers tended to take on the characteristics of the Rococo revival with a notable increase in carved ornament and scrollwork around the serpentine-shaped backs, and the size became more substantial. Some were of breakfront design. During the later part of the 19th century, they tended to supplant the sideboard in many dining rooms. While some early chiffoniers had marble tops, usually white in colour, most available on the Australian market have solid timber tops.
A Victorian cedar chiffonier. Mid 19th century. Of typical form with an arched back with a pierced carved crest and scrolling frame, a full width shelf with baluster supports, the lower section with bull nose edging, an ogee profile frieze drawer and two c
A colonial solid mottled kauri chiffonier sideboard, the two arched panelled doors with bobbin moulded borders, the single full width drawer with bombe front, the back with carved and pierced pediment and serpentine open shelf, restrained leaf and scroll c
A Victorian cedar chiffonier, second half 19th century, the chiffonier with an arched and scroll decorated back with a shaped shelf and turned supports, the top with thumbnail edging above a pair of ogee shaped drawers and panelled cupboards with side corb
A Victorian mahogany chiffonier, second half 19th century, the chiffonier having an arched back with carved scroll and acanthus decoration above a serpentine top with a frieze drawer with internal partitions, two cupboards with fielded panels flanked by co
A small Regency mahogany chiffonier, early 19th century, in rich deep tones, having a triangular pediment flanked by two pierced and carved brass pheasant embellishments, a full width shelf supported by tapering and turned columns, a full width drawer with
Victorian walnut chiffonier with arch shaped cornice above a serpentine fronted shelf with bobbin turned supports, the base fitted with a frieze drawer above a pair of panelled cupboard doors with further bobbin turned supports, 106 cm wide, 43 cm deep, 14
A Victorian mahogany, marble top, mirrored back chiffonier, c.1880's, having two door lower cupboard, flanked by carved corbels, square columns upon a plinth base. Height 141 cm. Width 98 cm. Depth 42 cm
A Victorian mahogany chiffonier, circa 1860s-70s, with a shaped arched back with crest and a rectangular mirror with lobed ends, barley twist supports to a small shaped top, the serpentine cabinet with a frieze drawer and fielded panels to the cupboards be
A Victorian mahogany chiffonier, circa 1860s-70s, with a shaped arched back with crest and applied foliate and scroll motifs, having a small serpentine shelf with bracket supports, the square cabinet with ogee profile twin frieze drawers above a cupboards
A West Australian Colonial jarrah two door chiffonier, c.1870-1880, and later constructed with single board side panels, shield panel door fronts, upon a plinth base the back board has a single shelf supported by finely turned finial and columns. Height 14
A William IV mahogany chiffonier, circa 1830-40s, with an elegant triangular pediment with a papyrus embellishment above a shelf with foliate supports, a convex frieze drawer, above two panelled doors with pilasters and raised on a plinth base. Height 133.
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