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For centuries, sideboards have played a central role when it comes to home storage. Antique sideboards served as the choice furniture for displaying family silverware and china. That’s was before the television was invented. Today, most people use sideboards as TV stands as well as the usual storage. The thing with antique sideboards is that they cost thousands of pounds depending on whether they are Chippendale, French sideboards or mid-century productions.
What Are the Common Types of Sideboards?
The first sideboards were built in 16th-century Europe as functional pieces of furniture. In most cases, the people used them to serve food. Like other furniture pieces of that time, they conformed to the prevailing style.
It was during the mid-18th century when sideboards took on the stylish gothic style. Designers at that time transformed the humble serving table into furniture pieces with cupboards, cellaret, cutlery drawer, and counter. The sideboards of that time feature slim legs and carved tops, a style popular at that time. An example is the Hepplewhite style which was common at that time.
Antique Sideboards From the 18th-Century
Sideboards from the 18th-century have very unique features, the most outstanding being the pine back panel. They also have a joint between the back and the side of the drawers. Apart from pine, another popular wood used for making sideboards is oak. Due to the popularity of this wood, finding antique oak sideboards shouldn’t be that hard.
Compared to the other types of wood, antique mahogany sideboards are the costliest with the price ranging from £10,000 to £15,000. But that’s not the only thing that makes these sideboards very costly. If they are made from oak and in Chippendale style, they will cost high prices of up to £50,000. The cheapest among these can fetch between £2,000 and £4,000 but only if the quality is compromised.
Other sideboard styles from the 18th-century include the Victorian as well as the Adam Style, which existed between 1760 and 1780. Some of the sideboards from that time even had urns on the top for storing cutlery. While it is rare to find painted sideboards from this era, you will definitely come across some mahogany pieces for a maximum of £6,000. During the Edwardian era, some people made copies of the Adam Style. You can get these antique sideboards for anything from £1,000 to £2,000.
Antique Sideboards From the 19th-Century
In the 19th-century the popularity of antique mahogany sideboards continued to soar. However, the pieces tended to be clumsier with fancy inlays. Here we are talking about Regency and George III antique sideboards, which can fetch anything from £1,000 to £2,000.
It was around this time that designers introduced mahogany pedestals. Others featured carvings on their backs and spandrels cut into friezes. In the later years of the 19th-century, sideboards were huge oak pieces. Also popular were walnut sideboards with massive backs featuring mirrors. Mostly pedestal antique sideboards from the 19th-century cost about £1,000.
Now that you know the genesis of antique sideboards, you should be able to find what you are looking for. When you know what to look for, it will be easier for you to buy exactly what you want.
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