There are several distinct types of sideboard. The Georgian sideboard was a long narrow table, fitted with cutlery drawers and cellaret cupboards, used as a serving table in dining rooms. Most examples are at least five feet long.
Although sideboards date from the mid-18th century, their development is usually associated with the designs of Sheraton. Sideboards may be straight fronted, curved at either end, or sometimes have a recessed breakfront. The latter was partly to lighten the effect of a large piece of furniture and partly, writes Sheraton, 'to secure the butler from the jostles of the other servants'.
The central portion of the sideboard, beneath the long drawer, was usually arched with semicircular lunettes, either carved or often strung. The legs were sometimes turned, but more generally were tapered, often standing on spade or block feet. Georgian sideboards always have six legs one at each corner, one on either side of the central recess. Four legged sideboards were not introduced until the second decade of the 19th century. more...Sideboards were usually made of well-figured mahogany or, in Australia, cedar or beefwood veneer, though very few colonial examples appear to have survived. They were sometimes cross banded, strung and inlaid with decorative panels of contrasting timber.
Another type of sideboard appeared in the late 19th century, based more or less on the Renaissance revival forms associated with designers Talbert and Eastlake. It consisted of a two-door cupboard, usually panelled and carved, with a mirrored back, containing shelves and a hutched or overhanging cornice, supported by turned or carved columns.
There are many variants, but the lines and angles were much squarer, handles were often of pressed metal alloy, and by the time the sideboard reached its full Edwardian flowering, it often boasted broken or swan-neck pediments, reeded and fluted decorations, and shallow machine-made carvings of shells, rosettes and other foliage.
The style continued to be made in mahogany, oak, maple, pine or cedar until after the first world war. During the 1920s, and under the influence of the modern movement, furniture forms became much simpler and less cluttered, taking on the characteristics pioneered by the Arts and Crafts designers a third of a century before. It should always be remembered that it may take a generation before an original design, breaking with tradition, becomes fully established in popular taste.
From around 1900 the size of sideboards began to decrease, in order to fit the smaller dining rooms of the day, although this example would still require a substantial room to display it properly.
George II style Chinoiserie bureau cabinet with arched top, panel doors revealing single shelved interior (cut out back panel) fall front writing surface and five drawer combination below on bracket feet, the whole painted with birds, blossom and landscape
A fine Georgian mahogany breakfront sideboard, early 19th century, of generous proportions, the bow front sideboard with fan patterned book end veneers, a central drawer and arched recessed lower drawer flanked by a mock dual drawer cellar cupboard and an
A George III mahogany satinwood inlaid double pedestal sideboard, circa 1,800 with back rail inlaid with shells above two drawers flanked by further drawers and cupboards, 110 cm high, 287 cm wide, 57 cm deep
Dutch marquetry cabinet, 18th/19th century, the rectangular inlaid top decorated with scrolling flowers and a dancing figure above a pair of doors and a long drawer, the sides with pierced heart shape handles, raised on four tapered legs, height 69 cm widt
Dutch marquetry cabinet, 18th/19th century, the rectangular inlaid top decorated with swags, shells and birds over a long drawer, above a pair of doors with similar inlaid decoration, raised on moulded block feet, height 81.5 cm width 77.5 cm depth 42 cm
A small mahogany servery table and cutlery canteen. Mid 20th century. The Georgian style table with a rear low gallery and three rows of three drawers of graduating depth, double width to the centre, the first two rows fitted for a canteen service, with a
A cutlery cabinet with associated cutlery. The Georgian revival cabinet with a serpentine shaped top, two full width drawers below with striking flame mahogany book end veneers and pairs of 'C' scroll handles with oval backplates, raised on taperin
A late George III ebony-inlaid mahogany sideboard, early 19th century, the central section with drawer flanked by a pair of high pedestals, each with a drawer above a cabinet, the right-hand drawer fitted as a cellaret, raised on low turned feet, the front
An Irish Regency rosewood writing table, made by Williams and Gibton for Viceregal Lodge, Dublin, Ireland, circa 1820, leather writing surface two faux drawers and two fitted drawers, stamped to drawer V.R.L 72 B . Williams & Gibton 9315 B .R.L. Frame unde
A George ll oak press cupboard, circa 1750, having a moulded cornice to the top, two shield paneled doors to the upper section, opening to reveal shelves, above three pairs of chamfered graduated drawers, brass handles throughout, on stile feet, 185 cm hig
A very rare Indo-Portuguese rosewood and ebony collectors cabinet on stand, 17th/18th century, the cabinet embellished with geometric parquetry design, the doors enclosing a symmetrical arrangement of drawers and deep double fronted drawers, each with gilt
A fine George II fret carved mahogany bureau cabinet, circa 1760, in the Chippendale Gothic style with dentilled cornice above a fretwork border with glazed doors with gothic tracery flanked by cluster columns fitted with two glass shelves, the panelled sl
A Georgian mahogany bow front sideboard, circa 1825, the sideboard with an extended top above three drawers, an arched key hole section to the centre flanked by two side cupboards, all with pressed circular brass backplates and ring handles, raised on tape
A George III mahogany bow front sideboard, circa 1,800, in warm honey tones and having a fine patina, with a pair of cockbeaded drawers flanked by cellarettes with flame mahogany facades and raised on ring turned legs, with neoclassical garland ring handle
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