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 Louis XV style oak bedside tables, early 20th century. the tables with plain timber tops to serpentine stepped edges above a single shallow drawer and an open compartment, fielded panels to the sides, a shaped apron, and raised on cabriole legs w
A small Louis XV style oak bedside table, early 20th century. the plain top with bullnose edging above a single shallow drawer with a recessed panel to an open compartment and cupboard below with a shaped relief carved panel, a curvaceous apron and raised
A French oak bedside table in the Louis XIII manner, late 19th century, the table with an inset white marble top with a shallow drawer and a panelled cupboard with a relief carved scroll and floral motif, raised on barley twist legs to a stepped base and b
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
An oak bedside table in the Louis XVI manner, circa 1940, having a red and grey mottled grey marble top above a foliate carved drawer and an open compartment with pendant floral motifs to the edges, a porcelain lined cupboard below with a rose carved panel
A pair of Louis XV style oak bedside tables, 19th century, with a shaped timber gallery above an open compartment with quatrefoil piercings to the sides, with chamfered edges, a curvaceous apron and supported on slender cabriole legs. Height 84.5 cm. Width
A French Louis Philippe style mahogany bedside table, circa 1840s, with a grey marble top above an ogee shaped pediment and an oak lined frieze drawer, with a single door surrounded by a simple beaded moulding and upon a plinth base. Height 75 cm. Width 43
A pair of French oak Art Deco bedside cabinets, 1930s, of rectangular form with rounded edges, with two panelled doors opening to a blonde oak interior with a concealed drawer with parquetry ribbon inlay, and raised upon a recessed plinth base with wedge s
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