23 Oct 2017
April 10, 2010 - Filed under: Antique Cupboards,History of Antiques — Richard

The Victorian sideboard is an often monumental piece of furniture, and at the time was one of the most expensive pieces in the Victorian household. Everything about it had to be impressive, and its main function was to showcase the family silver, glass and tableware. However, it also performed every day functions from where meat could be carved and food could be served.

The flamboyance of the Victorian sideboard, in true Victorian revivalist tradition, was reproduced in a wealth of styles for the growing Victorian market. Chronologically these revival styles included Early English, Elizabethan, Queen Anne, French Rococo and Regency. Mechanisation meant that sideboards could now be manufactured reasonably cheaply in any of these styles. Many pieces were also hybridised versions of the originals, and some of the earlier Tudor revival pieces even incorporated original medieval timber from old floorboards, wall panels and chests to given them an aura of authenticity.

At the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851, mirrors were also being incorporated into the general design where large plate glass mirrors enhanced and showed off elaborate machined carving. Other terms like ‘buffet’ and ‘dresser’, as well as ‘sideboard’, were all used to describe more or less the same thing. As the century progressed, the antique sideboards got larger and more ornate, although smaller and simpler hand made Arts and Crafts examples were also produced in tandem with the showier machine made examples. Mahogany remained the most popular wood which took the Victorian taste for ornate carving well.

When looking for Victorian antique dining tables in Preston , Lancashire and Cumbria, also ask to see some of these fine antique Victorian revival and Arts and Crafts sideboards.

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