Before fitted kitchens and multipurpose furniture, the sideboard was an important storage provider, designed to display the family china and silver for Sunday best. Today, whether used for storage or as a TV stand, antique sideboards are having a moment. From antique French sideboards to Chippendales, good mid-century pieces are now worth thousands.
Furniture styles can be determined by careful study and remembering what design elements each one embraces. To help understand what defines each period, here are some of the major design elements for each period. New colonists in America brought their English furniture traditions with them and tried to translate these styles using native woods.
Large Antique Sideboard Buffet, Victorian, circa Want more images? About This is an antique chiffonier sideboard, an English, oak credenza buffet cabinet, displaying Gothic overtones and dating to circa
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A sideboardalso called a buffetis an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes, and for storage. It usually consists of a set of cabinetsor cupboardsand one or more drawersall topped by a wooden surface for conveniently holding food, serving dishes, or lighting devices. The words sideboard and buffet are somewhat interchangeable, but if the item has short legs, or a base that sits directly on the floor with no legs, it is more likely to be called a sideboard ; if it has longer legs it is more likely to be called a buffet.
The era of an antique buffet or sideboard is determined by the style. Each era left its imprint through the designs considered fashionable at the time. An owner of an antique must verify that the buffet or sideboard is, indeed, an antique.
An 18th Century oak Lancashire cupboard and drawer dresser base with reeded and cantered corners having a central cupboard with fielded panel door and panelled ends standing on ogee feet. This nice early oak dresser has three moulded drawers with contemporary brass handles above turned legs united by a stretcher. Good honey
Looking at the joinery, or the way a piece of antique furniture is put together, will provide many clues that help in determining the age. But there are a number of other factors to consider as well, including the tools that were used to craft a piece and what the individual components look like. Examining these elements individually, as well as furniture pieces in their entirety, will help you learn to correctly date them.