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.
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Victorian gilt bronze mounted walnut and marquetry credenza, c. 1860, the bow shaped top with outset corners above a frieze with three circular hand painted Sevres panels and ormolu bands, flanked by two columns with ormolu capitals and terminals and two b
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Late 19th century New Zealand stained kauri mirror back sideboard the top carved with a Neptune-like mask, stylised dolphins and sea serpents, reptiles, fish and sea horses, scallops, mermaids supported by caryatid type figures, the base with three frieze
A fine 19th century Australian colonial blackwood plans cabinet, with a moulded inverted cornice above seventeen drawers, each with turned handles, on carved paw feet. 150 cm high, 98 cm wide, 65 cm deep.
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A good Korean four drawer, two door elm cabinet, Yi Dynasty, 19th century with finely engraved gilt-copper & brass fittings, supported on a low stand. 118 cm high, 107 cm wide, 51 cm deep. Provenance: From a Sydney collection acquired in Hong Kong before 1
A late Victorian mahogany and burr walnut overmantel, 1896, made by Arthur Wood, Nth Melbourne and N. Reding woodcarver. A central canopy above relief carved panels with acanthus and mascaron decoration and a mirror flanked by two panelled doors with neocl
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