Sideboards, Serving & Console Tables
Sideboards and Serving tables were used from the 18th century & throughout the 19th century in dining rooms and parlours where people would eat.
They were designed for presenting food and usually have some drawers for storage of plates etc. Both were intended to sit against a wall. Sideboards have a long width generally with deep drawers at either end & often with a shallow drawer across the middle. Although frequently made from mahogany they range from plain unadorned solid rectangular items, to serpentine heavily inlaid more elaborate pieces. They come in a variety of sizes and occasionally have a back support or a brass rail for hanging a fabric splash guard.
Serving Tables tend to be simpler often with only one central drawer or none, and no side drawers, but essentially they were used at the same period for serving food and are rectangular with a long width.
Console tables were popular throughout the 18th century & into the Regency period. Often made in pairs, they were used in entrance halls and passageways against the wall. Ranging from rectangular tables with marble tops on elaborately carved giltwood legs to simpler half-moon shapes with straight legs, they were made from all the woods available at the time: satinwood in the Sheraton period etc. Sometimes they were painted or intricately inlaid & cross-banded with contrasting woods.
A 19th Century carved giltwood Console TableA fine quality 19th Century Chippendale style carved giltwood Console Table, having 'breccia di sciro' marble top above egg and dart moulded fluted frieze with beaded floral paterae with acanthus boarder below, raised on bold square tapering legs with Corinthian capitals and having inset guilloche decoration ending on ball feet.
A Hepplewhite period mahogany SideboardAn exceptional late 18th Century Hepplewhite period mahogany Sideboard of double serpentine bow front form, boxwood and ebony strung throughout, having tulipwood and mahogany crossbanded top, unusually veneered from back to front, with central flame half round panel. The Sideboard fitted with crossbanded drawers and cupboard door, having fan inlaid shaped apron and satinwood fluted canted corners, supported on leaf carved turned legs ending on ‘acorn’ feet.
|Height||36 ins (91 cms)|
|Width||70.5 ins (179 cms)|
|Depth||34 ins (86 cms)|
|Dates||George III 1760 - 1820|
|Styles||Hepplewhite 1775 - 1790|
|An exceptional late 18th Century Hepplewhite period mahogany Sideboard of double serpentine bow front form|