Relevant categories: Cabinets and Chests,Bookcases
( Above Photo: Victorian Side Cabinet Antique Mahogany Inlay 1880 )
Have ever considered buying a side cabinet? This furniture piece is highly functional, providing lots of storage space in your kitchen or dining room. It’s great for serving food, storage, and displaying serving dishes.
But do you know the side tables from various periods you can find in antique stores? Having appeared for the first time in the early 19th century, these cabinets exist in several forms and shapes. The following are some of the antique side cabinets you’ll likely come across:
( Above Photo: Louis XVI Credenza French Side Cabinet Chest Inlay )
Regency antique side cabinets were mainly made from mahogany, the predominant materials at that time. They feature simple designs that included simple lines and geometric shapes. The design is very different from that used by furniture makers during the Georgian period.
Besides a set of at least three cupboards, the side cabinets have three frieze drawers over the oval panel. Each cupboard has lozenge-inlaid doors and adjustable shelves inside. While some Regency side cabinets had rectangular shapes, others had concave sides. They stand on brass-capped, turned legs.
However, some designers made Regency side tables without shelves. In that case, the tables would only have two cupboards with silk-lined doors and chicken-wire panels. They stand on recessed toupee feet.
( Above Photo: Pair Victorian Chests Drawers Bedside Cabinets NIghtstands 1860 )
The George III period ushered in the Regency period, during which the side cabinet took on a simpler, fresher style. A side cabinet from the George III period is smaller and stands on bracket feet to provide extra basal support.
It features two frieze drawers for storing smaller items such as cutlery in the kitchen. Behind a pair of parquetry cabinet doors are several adjustable shelves. The solid wood construction makes it one of the most durable furniture pieces you can acquire.
( Above Photo: Pair Victorian Bedside Cabinets Nighstands 1870 )
Furniture makers during the Victorian period were mainly revivalist, bringing back furniture styles from previous periods. Thus, you will likely find Victorian furniture with design elements from the Georgian or Regency periods.
A good example is the Victorian chiffonier side cabinet with many Rococo-style decorations. Instead of the usual table-high piece of furniture, this cabinet has an additional mirrored top, which gives it a greater sense of elegance.
( Above Photo: Victorian Side Cabinet Server 1850 )
The George IV period is intertwined with the Regency era, since it’s the prince regent that was eventually crowned as King George IV. Therefore, furniture pieces from these two periods will likely have similar details.
While George IV antique side tables mostly had simple designs, some were japanned, ebonized, and had plenty of lacquer features. They were made from mahogany and had a pair of frieze shelves. Antique side cabinets of this kind are more valuable given the elaborate lacquer.
The Bottom Line
Antique side tables are a must-have in any home looking for elegant and highly-functional furniture. They have frieze drawers and shelves for storing various types of items. You may get an antique side cabinet from any of the periods when they were made. If you’re looking for a side cabinet to purchase, don’t hesitate to talk to us!
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